In the public interest


The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA), supported by WESSA, is hosting a 3 hour information sharing seminar on “Cape Town and its Energy future” on Saturday 23 July, with well qualified speakers on a range of relevant topics to help lead discussion and map the way forward.



Please contact WESSA if you would like to participate (or for further information) on 021 701 1397 or email . Attendance is free of charge and there will be tea and coffee.

Remember: Whatever we do we need energy. However, as far as supply goes (of food, oil, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, tidal etc), we live in uncertain and climate changing times. Participate in this session and help shape a healthy energy future for our City!

An energy and the city seminar for information-sharing

Time: 10 am Saturday 23 July 2011

Duration: 3 hours to 1 pm

Place: The Barn at Wessa, 31 The Sanctuary, off Pollsmoor Rd, Kirstenhof

(A lift shuttle from and to Retreat station will be available)



What is a sustainable energy plan for Cape Town?



1.  Cape Town’s Energy and Climate Change Policy

Talk: Current city energy use and future scenarios, the City’s Climate Smart Campaign and the Electricity Savings campaign

Speakers: Hilton Trollip, electrical engineer and principle in City’s Energy and Climate Change Branch; Sheryl Ozinsky, formerly head of Cape Town Tourism and now assisting the City with their Electricity Savings and Climate Smart Campaigns.

2.  Renewable Energy

Talk: Solar energy, renewable energy legislation and costs and risks of alternative solar, wind and hydro-electric energy projects.

Speaker: Kobus Carstens, Director of Freepower, solar and renewable energy consultant

3. Peak oil

Talk: The imminent decline in world oil production, the dire implications for economies of the world and the challenge of conservation, efficiency and localisation

Speaker: Jeremy Wakeford, economist and chair, Association for the Study of Peak Oil in SA

4. Nuclear power

Talk: Nuclear power, how it works, safety measures, Eskom’s application for siting 2 new nuclear power plants at Duynefontein (Koeberg) and what impact this may have for the City of Cape Town

Speaker: to be confirmed


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