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The 2023 CIGRE Southern Africa Regional Conference will be held from 24 to 27 October 2023 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

The Conference is the biennial discussion forum organised by the CIGRE Southern Africa Committee for members, associates and experts from Africa and developing economies.

Conference Theme:
Power System Technologies for Sustainable Growth in Africa

Global events such as the COVID-19 global pandemic and climate change, accompanied by the Carbon Reduction drive, has shown us all how interconnected our lives are. These events are forcing behavioural changes on us all, giving rise to innovative ways to work, operate and manage our worlds in all the far-reaching corners of the world. We are thus compelled to adapt, change and be resilient in the face of it all.

Similarly, our power networks, the interconnectedness of our power grids must be just as resilient. They must adapt and transform as we continuously shift to cleaner energy sources in order to build the power system for future generations.

This conference will provide a platform to deliberate on subjects that expand on how we can build, transform, adapt a resilient power system for the future. These discussions will be between electric utilities (generation/transmission/ distribution), municipalities, system operators, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers, universities, standardizing bodies, research laboratories and authorities on topics in the field of the development of electrical systems in Africa.

Preferential Subjects

Papers across all study committees have been invited and preference were given to submissions in the fields of technology, planning, operations and markets as well as those covering actual project and operational experiences with focus on the following subjects:

  • Ensuring grid resilience and Infrastructure readiness in in the Southern Africa Region, resulting from effects of Global Climate Change and Decarbonization
  • Managing power systems in a pandemic or global event.
  • New innovations or improvements to existing power systems/grids/network (Equipment, Systems, Control and Automation, Telecommunications)
  • Impact of Digital Transformation on Southern African power systems (Cyber security, Digital Twins, Internet of Things);
  • Ensuring Energy security considering entire value chain (Generation [conventional, renewable, storage], Transmission, Distribution, including Microgrids, and Distributed energy, resources)
  • Ensuring Social and Environmental Sustainability of the rapidly evolving Power System
Paper Submission Deadlines
17 April 2023
22 May 2023
24 July 2023
21 Aug 2023
Review Process

All submissions will be assessed by at least two independent reviewers.
Submissions that are accepted by the review panel will be published in the conference proceedings.

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