African Utility Week 2017

African Utility Week 2017– For his contribution in Africa’s renewable energy sector since 2014, Akon has been nominated for the Outstanding Contribution Award(Power).

Scheduled for 16-18 May 2017, at the CTICC in Cape Town, the 17th annual African Utility Week will kick off with “product demonstrations, workshops, cocktail functions, free refreshments and meeting lounges will create business opportunities”.

African Utility Week is a globally recognized conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals. It is a leading business and innovation platform for meeting new clients and suppliers; and be updated on the current and developing business solutions.

As the name implies, the African utility week is an event that particularly borders on Power/energy generation and the water sector.

There will be about 1200 delegates and an overall 6000 (and more) attendees who get to benefit from the “unlimited networking opportunities” at the event. About 250 exhibitors from multiple sectors will showcase their products and services.

Engineers, stakeholders and solution providers all benefit from the conference. Several aspects of power generation, water supply with regards to accessibility, sustainability, efficiency and business solutions are addressed.

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Case studies on these concerns are presented during the 3-day conference. Africa Utility week brings to awareness the international business and developmental patterns as it concerns Africa’s economic growth.


Africa’s power and water industries take advantage of this massive opportunity to get enlightened and improve their businesses.

According to Africa Utility Week website:

“South African utility Eskom and the Ministries of Energy and Water Affairs as well as local municipalities such as Johannesburg’s City Power and the City of Cape Town have been key event partners for many years.”

“Large African utilities such as Tanesco, SNEL, Senelec, UEGCL, KenGen, TCN, ZESCO, NamPower and many more are regular visitors.”

Akon was nominated for his progressive lighting initiative. At the moment Akon supplies power to millions of people in several remote communities in 14 African countries.

Nothing could be more empowering for the continent than having available and affordable renweable energy. Most businesses today are switching over to the eco-friendly renewable energy supplies for sustainability.

Aside making energy cost effective for private homes and businesses, Akon has improved the lives of people in these areas.

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The business guru and proudly African international music star says his vision is to cover about 42 countries by the year 2020.

In a press release, the organizers of the event shared their delight in having more female nominees and participants than they did the last time.

“This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards will have a distinctly feminine feel with an all women cast and a strong line-up of ladies among the finalists for the coveted awards for the top energy and water professionals.”

For the Lifetime Achievement Award, 4 out 10 nominees are women. Other award categories include:

  • Outstanding Contribution Award: Power
  • Outstanding Contribution Award: Water
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year: Power/Water

The organizers added 3 new award categories for African Utility Week 2017. They include:

  • Small-Scale Sustainable Energy Project (Under 5MW)
  • Innovative Technology of the Year
  • Deal of the Year

The African Utility Week 2017 promises to be worth your business while. The event has won the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) award for the Best Trade Exhibition 6001-12000 sqm category.