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The PIESA's core activities are conducted through its four Advisory Committees
 
 
 
 
  • Electrification
  • Non-Technical Loss Reduction
  • Environmental Management
  • Standardization

 

Electrification Advisory Committee 
 
Convenor: Gyavira Bwalya
gybwalya@zesco.co.zm
 
Deputy Convenor: Hendri Geldenhuys
hendri.geldenhuys@eskom.co.za
 
Secretary: Jacqueline Chauke
jacquelinec@ekurhuleni.gov.za

 

Committee Documents

 

 

Non-Technical Loss Reduction Advisory Committee
 
Convenor: Macvitte Chiphwanya
mchiphwanya@escommw.com
 
Deputy: Leonard Chisina
 
Secretary: Rens Bindeman
rens@mweb.co.za
 
The overall objective of the Committee is to enhance the financial viability of PIESA Distribution Industry, (thus; through the individual utilities) through reduction of non-technical revenue losses by setting acceptable standards, procedures and projects.
 
In addition, as envisaged in the spirit of the PIESA constitution, members agreed to share technical information between the various utilities. It was also found that active participation of advisory committee members has greatly improved as the Utility management have realized the benefits that are achieved by the sharing of experiences and information. In addition, we gratefully acknowledge the valuable contributions from the PIESA affiliates that have assisted in moving the working group forward, and we are convinced that  these efforts will be mutually beneficial as we proceed.
 
The three year business plan has been completed.

 

Committee Documents

 

Environmental Management
 
Convenor: Mr Troy Govender
govender@eskom.co.za
 
Deputy Convenor: Irene Maina
imaina@kpic.co.ke
 
Secretary: Thandiwe Simayedwa Sithole
stsithole@zesa.net
 
Electricity Utilities in Africa are faced with numerous environmental and safety challenges. Some of these include, public pressure (consumer pressure, lobbying, influencing voting), new standards and legislation (Constitution, ISO14001), new business opportunities (attracting and retaining customers, reducing, re-using and recycling materials), reduction of risk (financial, legal, ecological and reputational) and ethical or moral considerations given the current climate change and environmental crisis.
 
These safety and environmental challenges are heightened by activities involved in the distribution of electricity, such as employee and public injuries and fatalities, waste (hazardous and general) disposal, wildlife interactions (collisions and electrocutions with infrastructure, oil spills or leaks from electrical equipment, herbicide or pesticide spillage, the removal of indigenous trees, habitat destruction and the damages caused to sensitive or protected areas particularly during construction and maintenance activities.
 
This advisory committee has a formidable task
 
The advisory committee has managed to hold to two meetings during the year, one in Durban hosted by Ethekweni Electricity and recently in Somerset West.
 
Documents in progress:
 
• Environmental Management & Safety Advisory Committee Presentation
• Environmental Management Policy
• Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee
• Generic Environmental Management Programme for Distribution Power lines
• Cleaner Production Guidelines ––Wayleave / servitude
• Management Guidelines
• EIA Guideline
• Management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls Guidelines
 
Minutes:
 
• May 2014 Minutes, Cape Town
• May 2012 Minutes, Johannesburg
• May 2013 Minutes, Cape Town
• September 2013 Minutes, Arusha
 
Challenges facing the committee:
 
• Continuity of members- request to all Board members to send representatives to the advisory committee
• Document management
 
This AC is convened by Mr Troy Govender and they have developed a significant schedule of work for 2011 Troy reported to the Board in September that:
 
The Environmental and Safety Management Advisory Committee Priorities for the region:
 
• Finalize Waste Management Guideline
• Draft Safety Management Guideline
• 3 day Environmental Training Course
 

 

Committee Documents

 
Standardization Advisory Committee 
 
Convenor: Alfred Kaponda
akaponda@escommw.com
 
Deputy Convenor: Daniel Sichela
dsichela@zesco.co.zm
 
Secretary: Kgopisho Mahunonyane
mahunoke@eskom.co.za

 

Committee Documents