Learn best practice for economic regulation.

The Managing Power Sector Reform and Regulation in Africa course is offered by The Power Futures Lab, a leading centre of excellence at the UCT GSB, and is run in partnership with theAfrican Forum of Utility Regulators and the Regional Electricity Regulators Association.

The course enables delegates to:

  • contribute to the reform of the power sector and deliver sustainable, affordable services to everyone – while still accelerating economic growth
  • focus on Africa's needs while learning international best practice in managing reform and the new regulatory environment.
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Leaders, managers and professionals in infrastructure sectors around the world are facing new and complex challenges. 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.

Faculty: Wikus Kruger

Meet the Course Convenor


Wikus Kruger is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in The Power Futures Lab, 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, especially focused on renewable energy and energy access. 

Wikus previously worked as a Research Officer in the Energy, Poverty and Development thematic group, at the Energy Research Centre, based at the University of Cape Town. He was also a senior consultant with Restio Energy for seven years, working mainly on sustainable energy in Southern and Eastern Africa. He furthermore worked with the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) in Brussels during 2012. 

He has experience in market and business development of clean energy technologies, technical assistance to national governments, national energy sector policy analysis and development, energy sector reform, and technology cooperation and demonstration.

Meet the Course Convenor


A PhD Candidate at Power Futures Lab and Leads research in Power Market Reforms and Regulation. He is an Infrastructure Economist with work experience in Electricity Distribution & previously in Urban Utility Water and Sanitation Management. Peter’s research is focused on Understanding Structural, Governance and Regulatory Incentives for Improved Utility Performance within case studies of Electricity Utilities in East Africa. Peter has expertise and interest in; Utility Reform and Regulation, Energy Policy, Energy Concession Design and Analysis, Tariff Setting & Policy Reviews, Performance Contract Formulation and Design, Investment Planning and Appraisal, Strategic Planning and Managing Utility Performance Improvements. He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC – USA).

He is also a visiting lecturer and member of the Academy of Regulatory Professionals Advisory Board – (University of Florida’s PURC-USA). Until recently, Peter was the Manager Regulatory Affairs at Umeme Ltd (a private electricity distribution concession) and previously worked as a Senior Economist with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda. He has also worked as a Consultant for Oxford Policy Management and 2ML Consulting Ltd in promoting Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) and turnaround initiatives in several Utilities in West, East and Southern Africa.

Faculty: Peter Twesigye


15% for 3 - 6 applicants (bulk discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (bulk discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses



You will benefit highly from this course if you are a:

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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


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

The UCT Graduate School of Business takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society. 

Our degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders. 

Our programmes are mostly offered at our vibrant Cape Town Breakwater Campus, at the heart of the city's most popular tourist attraction, the V&A Waterfront. 

The campus is equipped with modern lecture theatres, a library and syndicate rooms for group study, as well as restaurants and the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge that offers special rates for students. 

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