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Engineering our energy needs in Africa

Engineering our energy needs in Africa

Aug 25, 2014

Energy is and will remain a key discussion as we develop Africa. With a continent rich in oil and gas, but also sunshine, wind and water, key decisions need to be made in terms of our energy future. With the increasing demands on energy across the continent, Women in engineering through its @Network Division will be hosting a thought leadership and networking event on Tuesday, 2 September 2014, at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg.   This event themed “Energy Africa”, will discuss Africa’s energy supply and demand.

Energy Africa marks the third instalment of WomEng’s Thought Leadership series on Africa. The event will feature a panel of expert thought leaders as well as an audience of students and professionals from various fields and sectors across South Africa.

Women in Engineering, named the Best NGO in the Top Women Awards 2013 , is a South African-based organisation that nurtures and develops the next generation of female engineers through its various divisions. WomEng @Network is one such division which aims to cross gender and industry barriers to facilitate productive relationships and dialogue amongst students and professionals through networking and open debates.

Attending delegates will have the opportunity to view our innovative exhibitions and to network with industry professionals and entities such as our sponsors namely Transnet, Unilever, Denel Dynamics and Jacobs Matasis.
Keynote speakers will include:

• Makgola Makololo, Chief Director of Energy in the Department of Public Enterprises and co-founder of “STEM-IT-Forward”;
• Harko Mulder, Vice President Process Development in Sasol Research and Technology and
• Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala , a chemical engineer with 20 years’ work experience in the Oil, Gas & Petro-chemicals industry; Co-Founder & Chairperson of Green Shift Africa.

This year, the event also forms part of the UNESCO’s Africa Engineering Week (1-5 September) – a week that aims to raise awareness about how engineering can enable Africa’s sustainable development.

Who are the influencers in the energy discussion and how can we use it as a catalyst for the development of our continent? How should we diversify our energy mix? Will oil continue to dominate? How do we take advantage of technological advancements and should we even consider fracking?

Join WomEng and our panel of expert thought leaders as we tackle these questions and delve into a deep debate on the African energy future and our role in shaping it.

Tickets are limited, so book at Computicket today and don’t miss out on this exciting event! For more info visit

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