“Committed to running the event this year.”
The long-running power and energy conference and exhibition African Utility Week and
POWERGEN Africa has been postponed to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, which was due to take place from 12-14 May, will now run from 24-26
November 2020. The venue, the CTICC in Cape Town, remains unchanged.
African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa attracts over 10,000 people from more than
90 countries and is the largest energy show in Africa. 2020 marks its 20th anniversary.
“The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, employees and the wider public is of
paramount importance to us,” said David Ashdown, managing director of the event’s
organisers, Clarion Events Africa, formerly Spintelligent.
“Following the Government’s declaration of a state of disaster, we have worked with
industry to reschedule African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa to November, in order
to minimise potential health risks to those connected to the event.
“It is expected that the current challenges presented by the Coronavirus will slow down
significantly within the next few months, which means the new November date for
African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa will allow us to deliver the most meaningful
event in terms of maximising ROI for our exhibitors and excellent content and
experiences for our visitors.
“The power sector in South Africa is facing incredibly challenging times. By committing to
running the event this year, Clarion Events Africa can continue to drive energy security
on the continent, support the local industry and provide business-critical market
opportunities to support our exhibitors’ future prosperity.”
A spokesperson for South Africa’s national power utility, Eskom, said: “Eskom recognises
the role that this event plays in addressing the challenges facing the provision of
electricity on the continent. We recognise that COVID-19 presents unprecedented
challenges and are glad that a solution has been found to allow the event to continue
this year. We look forward to welcoming energy stakeholders from around the world to
Cape Town in November 2020.” Eskom is also the host utility of African Utility Week and