Africa – a continent whose natural resources have attracted spotlights from around the world, but whose potential is often left in the dark. The 15th annual African Utility Week 2015 (AUW 2015) drew international attention to its gathering at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12 – 14 May 2015. Hosting 250 exhibitors, 1 200 delegates and 5 000 attendees, Cape Town was the ideal destination to invite international interest to the African continent.
The 3-day conference and expo was attended by major industry players in the field of power and water and served as a networking and trading platform for stakeholders and solution providers. Africa’s resources are under constant pressure to deliver products to export and to provide for its increasing population. The main purpose of AUW2015 was to create a platform for professionals to discover new innovations and commit to business partnerships that will aid the development of African countries.
It has been reported that 60% of Africa has no access to reliable power sources. This amount is a shocking realisation that alternative methods of energy generation need to be discovered in order to allow the continent to compete with the rest of the developing world.
Victor Kgomoeswana, a South African media personality and business specialist, is also the author of a book titled Africa is Open for Business. Doubling up as the unofficial theme of the event, the title announced Africa’s plan to pursue problem-solving innovations and potential business opportunities.