Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

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  • 10 days
  • online

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Board member
  • Manager or senior professional in a utility, regulatory authority or government
  • Professional in the power sector

About the course

Learn best practice for economic regulation

The Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa course at the UCT GSB gives managers and leaders working in this critical sector the ability to contribute to the reform of the power sector and deliver sustainable, affordable services to everyone – while still accelerating economic growth. The course is focused on Africa's needs and exposes participants to international best practice in managing reform and the new regulatory environment.

This one-week course is offered by Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), a leading centre of excellence at the UCT GSB, and is run in partnership with the African Forum of Utility Regulators and the Regional Electricity Regulators Association.

Manage power systems effectively

Leaders, managers and professionals in infrastructure sectors around the world are facing new and complex challenges. The old model of state-owned, vertically integrated utilities is giving way to hybrid models with increased private sector participation and competition. New regulatory regimes are being put in place and reformed utilities need to deliver expanded and affordable services for the poor, while underpinning and supporting economic growth.

This specialised short course explores new research on the utility of the future, offers a thorough grounding in the fundamentals and practice of economic regulation and seeks new models to manage power systems effectively.

What will I Gain from this Course?

Delegates on this course will gain an understanding of:

  • Challenges in improving the performance of the power sector in Africa
  • Global and African developments in power sector reform
  • Economic and technical regulation of monopoly components of the sector
  • Accelerating investment in competitive elements of the sector – IPPs
  • Preparing for the future with the growth of variable RE and distributed resources
  • A number of case studies from Africa will be presented.

What does the Coerse Focus on?


  • African challenges and trends in power sector performance, reform and regulation
  • Power market models
  • International history of power sector reform
  • Power systems of the future: Implications of variable renewable and distributed energy

Economic regulation fundamentals

  • The rationale for regulation
  • Regulatory objectives
  • Economic vs financial sustainability
  • Overview of regulatory methodologies
  • Regulatory Methods: Traditional cost-of-service regulation, asset valuation, WACC


  • Regulating quality of electricity supply: an example of incentive-based regulation
  • A hybrid approach: Example of multi-year tariff determination
  • Designing efficient tariff structures and cross-subsidisation for the poor
  • Transmission access and pricing


  • Success factors in attracting private investment in IPPs
  • Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)
  • Renewable energy auctions

Improving access: grid and beyond

  • New regulatory challenges in distributed and behind-the-meter generation
  • Regulation for improved energy access
  • Business models and regulatory challenges


Anton Eberhard

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 1965-1969 Matriculated first class, Grey High School 1971-1975 BSc (Chem Eng), University of Cape Town 1976-1978 BA (with distinction), Univ. of South Africa 1979-1982 PhD, University of Edinburgh Fields of Specialisation: Economics, management, restructuring and regul...

Carolina Barreto

Carolina Barreto is a renewable energy professional with more than 10 years of international experience. Ms. Barreto is part of Tetra Tech’s Clean Energy Team working on the identification, development, and implementation of donor funded energy projects worldwide. This work involves the developme...

Thembani Bukula

Mr. Thembani Bukula serves as Chief Executive Officer of PowerX Proprietary Limited. Mr. Bukula is an Advisor of greenTEK ventures Sarl. He served as Managing Member of IJANGA Consulting Service, focusing on specialised engineering projects and a Director of Business Development at Bytes Managed ...

Robert Koch

Robert Koch was born in Johannesburg in March 1966. He received his B.Eng and M.Eng (cum laude) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He has been employed by Eskom since 1990, and is currently Corporate Specialist (Power Quality) and Eskom's National Quality of Supply Co-coordinator. Robe...

Wikus Kruger

Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Regulation and Reform (MIR), based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on independent power producer (IPP) and emerging power investments in Africa, esp...

Tanaka Casandra Shumba

Tanaka joined Sustainable Energy Africa in 2018. She obtained a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. During her studies, Tanaka joined Engineers without Borders through which she developed a passion for using renewable energy to alleviate poverty. In order to purs...

Peter Twesigye

Peter Twesigye is a PhD Candidate in Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform Regulation In Africa (MIRA) based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. He is an Infrastructure Economist with work experience in Electricity Distribution & previously in Utility ...

Martin Rodriguez Pardina

Martin Rodriguez Pardina is currently Chief Economist of Macro Consulting S.A. a consulting firm specialized in economic regulation of utilities. He has experience working as a consultant in regulation and restructuring of public utilities in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and India. ...

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