The Digital Dialogues

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Enlit Africa and ESI Africa are joining forces to produce a series of virtual roundtables – The Digital Dialogues. 

The series of in-depth discussions will each hone in on a specific topic, drawing on experts in various sectors, providing strategic insight into the African energy sector. Highly topical, focused discussions will provide an opportunity for audience to directly ask the experts for their opinions. 

Operating under the Chatham House Rule the virtual discussions will be reported on only in general terms and not recorded for later dissemination. This makes the Digital Dialogues a once-off opportunity to join the conversation, ask the question and make new contacts. 

In order to facilitate a discussion in which everyone can and does participate, attendance is restricted to no more than 15 people. In order to make it as fair as possible we will be requesting that potential participants apply to us for admission to the discussions. 

Upcoming Roundtables

26 May 2021
  1. 60 mins

    12:00 GMT | 13:00 WAT | 14:00 SAT | 15:00 EAT

    During his State of the Nation address in February 2021, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa announced the formation of a number of smart city developments for the country. 

    While a smart city could be defined as a city that leverages innovation to achieve its desired outcomes, the definition is not limited to the concept of technology only. It is, instead, representative of an environment where “opportunity, amenity, safety, resilience, inclusivity and prosperity are imperatives, and innovation across financing, design, construction, operations and governance is embraced by all stakeholders to achieve these imperatives.” 

    During this discussion, we will examine the thinking behind and opportunities available in the African smart city sector. 

    This session will delve into: 

    • Are smart developments the catalyst to smart cities in Africa 
    • What makes up Wakanda?
      - Sustainable technology
      - Digitilisation
      - Lifestyle estates 
    • Vision to reality: Opportunities for Africa 


Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • Ntiyiso
  • Salga-logo

Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

Silver Sponsor

  • Nyamezela
  • Ntiyiso Consulting
  • Hauwei
  • Akilee

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamezela
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Apua Asea

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa