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2017 Managing Power Sector Reform And Regulation


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. Renewable energy is reaching grid-parity, distributed generation is on the rise and new reform and regulatory models need to be explored to accelerate investment and to manage power systems effectively.

This programme, focused on Africa's needs, exposes participants to the frontiers of international experience, including new research on the “Utility of the Future”. Leading international experts are part of the teaching faculty. A number of case studies from Africa will be presented. Participants will also be given a thorough grounding in the fundamentals and practice of economic regulation of utilities.

This course is offered by the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) at the GSB, a leading centre of excellence and expertise in Africa and emerging economies. The course is run in partnership with the African Forum of Utility Regulators and the Regional Electricity Regulators Association.

Is this course for me?

Board members, managers and senior professionals in utilities, government, regulatory authorities, civil society and the private sector working in the electricity sector can all benefit greatly from this course.

Key take-outs

The course aims to build 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

Course information

This course runs in Cape Town on the GSB campus. For more information please contact the Executive Education department at the UCT Graduate School of Business on 0860 UCT GSB or email

9 - 13 October 2017

Application deadline:
8 September 2017

Tuition fee:
R25 650