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Understand power sector financing

Gain critical expertise

Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa (Power Sector Financing) is a specialised short course at the UCT GSB teaching the theory and practice of power sector financing. This one-week course is offered by Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), a centre of excellence at the UCT GSB aimed at building capacity in infrastructure investment, reform and regulation – in support of sustainable development. 


17 – 21 May 2021


17 April 2021


R28 900

Bulk discounts and early bird specials available


Sub-Saharan Africa is plagued by a severe shortage of power, with far-reaching consequences for social and economic development. Governments are unable to mobilise sufficient capital and as a result, private independent power projects (IPPs) are now one of the fastest growing new sources of investment in the sector.

However, the sector faces a skills shortage. There is a lack of capacity and experience in the key areas of project finance, associated contracts such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and risk mitigation measures - including credit enhancement, security measures, and political insurance.

The specialised Power Sector Financing course aims to plug this skills gap and unlock growth and investment in the sector.

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If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with a link to apply to this course.

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

  • Board member
  • Manager or individual working in a utility, regulatory authority or government
  • Professional in the private sector or civil society
  • Project developer
  • Financier
  • Legal or technical advisor
  • Consultant

Delegates on the Power Sector Financing course will gain:

  • Exposure to international and regional best practice for private sector power investments
  • Skills and knowledge to understand and analyse private power investments in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A detailed understanding of project finance, key project contracts, and risk mitigation and credit enhancement measures
  • An opportunity to develop a peer network for on-going knowledge exchange

The Power Sector Financing course will cover: 

  • Both theory and practice in power sector financing 
  • A number of Africa-specific case studies
  • The core elements of Requests for Proposals, PPAS, Implementation Agreements, and Direct Agreements, amongst other contracts
  • Key measures to de-risk projects
  • Grid-connected projects (including the breakthrough of renewable energy projects)
  • Captive power projects, mini-grid projects and stand-alone systems

Students need to arrange their own accommodation.

In Cape Town, accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge, on the UCT GSB campus, at special rates. 

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

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

25% for non-profit organisations

15% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

Course Convenor

Wikus Kruger is a junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in the Management Programme in Infrastructure Regulation and Reform (MIR), 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.


The Power Sector Financing course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.