About SAGEN

Meet our Partners

Partnerships form the backbone of SAGEN’s desire to help facilitate impactful change in South Africa’s energy landscape. Our collaboration with esteemed organisations emphasises the collective commitment to proliferating the adaptation of renewable energy in South Africa. Through our collective alliances we pool resources, insights, expertise and our diverse strengths to innovate and address the intricate challenges within the energy sector. This demonstrates our dedication to implement lasting solutions and towards paving the way for a reliable, affordable and clean energy future in South Africa.

Political Partner:

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The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is a governmental institution responsible for the oversight of South Africa’s mineral resources and energy. Its core mandate is to ensure the responsible and efficient management, and equitable access to these core sectors for the purpose of the nation’s economic growth and overall sustainable development.

 

Implementing Partners (A - Z):

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The African Energy Leadership Center (AELC) within the Wits Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in Johannesburg is dedicated to tackling the issues of energy shortages in Africa and addressing the skills deficit in an industry essential for the continent's economic growth. As a hub of teaching and research, the AELC focuses on the latest thinking and best practices in energy leadership.

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The Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU) is an organization comprised of municipal electricity distributors, along with national, parastatal, commercial, academic, and other entities with a vested interest in the electricity supply industry in Southern Africa. AMEU is dedicated to promoting quality service and management excellence among its members in the field of electricity supply. It facilitates communication between its members and the broader technical, economic, and political environments to positively influence these areas. Additionally, AMEU provides advisory services to both its members and their customers, benefiting electricity distributors and end users across Southern Africa.

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The Cities Support Programme (CSP) was constructed by National Treasury in 2011 to be an intergovernmental platform for urban support and reform in core metropolitan municipalities. The goal is to promote spatial transformation, inclusive growth and improved service delivery through honing in on primary focal areas such as governance reforms, fiscal and financial reforms, climate responsiveness and economic development reforms to name a few.

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The City of Cape Town (CoCT) is the local government authority responsible for overseeing municipal services and the development of Cape Town. As a metropolitan municipality, its core focus is to provide essential services to residents, whilst promoting economic growth and sustainable urban development. The city’s mission is to enhance residents’ quality of life through effective governance and innovative solutions. In support of their energy strategy, SAGEN has an expert seconded to the City of Cape Town.

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The Electric Supply Commission (Eskom) is South Africa’s primary, and largest, public utility responsible for electricity provision. Eskom’s purpose is to deliver affordable, reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply to households, businesses and industries across the nation.

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The South African National Treasury is the government arm responsible for the prudent management of the nation’s finances. It’s core responsibilities include shaping fiscal policy, overseeing the national budget and maintaining economic stability for the collective benefit of South Africa.

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is a regulatory authority governing the energy sector, responsible for setting tariffs, ensuring fair competition, and promoting the sustainable development of electricity, piped gas and petroleum pipelines. NERSA plays a pivotal role in safeguarding consumer interests and fostering a balanced and transparent energy landscape in South Africa.

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The Power Futures Lab (PFL) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is a specialized research group focused on enhancing investment and performance in the African electricity sector. PFL conducts research, offers executive education, and engages in capacity building activities within South Africa's energy sector. It collaborates with governmental, private, and academic stakeholders to address key challenges in the energy transition.

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The South African Cities Network (SACN) was established by the mayors of South Africa’s largest cities in collaboration with key strategic partners. SACN extends its reach across five provinces, encompassing the nation's metropolitan municipalities and aims to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among the cities to promote sustainable urban development and improve the quality of life for residents.

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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) serves as a municipal association representing South Africa’s local governments. It focusses on bolstering municipal governance, enhancing service delivery and fostering collaboration among municipalities to honour the goal of building thriving, resilient communities.

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The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is a research institute specialising in energy development. Its core objective is to minimise the environmental impact of energy production and to advance sustainable energy solutions. The institute achieves this through proactive investment in research, development, and the utilisation of clean and efficient energy technologies.

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The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is a representative body for the solar PV industry in South Africa. This non-profit entity’s mission is to advance the adoption of solar PV technologies, contributing to South Africa’s renewable energy ambitions and economic growth. SAPVIA champions the expansion and development of the solar energy sector and promotes sustainable energy solutions by engaging policymakers, supporting industry stakeholders and staging public awareness initiatives.

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The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) is a pioneering institution dedicated to advancing renewable energy technologies through specialised training, research, and development programs to equip professionals and elevate the renewable energy sector. SARETEC is a cutting-edge facility that contributes significantly to fostering a sustainable and clean energy transition in the region.

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The South African Wind Energy Association is the representative body for the wind energy industry in South Africa. This not-for-profit entity advocates for the advancement of sustainable energy practices, wind energy and policies in South Africa to align with global climate objectives. SAWEA engages local and international stakeholders to advance the widespread adoption of wind power technologies and to address the challenges associated with climate change.

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Sustainable Energy Africa is a non-profit organisation at the forefront of sustainable energy advocacy, working to promote clean and renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency and climate resilience in South Africa. Through research capacity-building and collaborative initiatives, SEA is committed to driving positive change and advancing sustainable energy practices for a resilient and low-carbon future.

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The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa is the central executive office of the head of state, tasked with supporting the President in governing the nation and implementing government policies. As the apex of executive management, The Presidency supervises national administration, coordinates the work of government departments and ensures the effective execution of the President’s mandate and priorities. 

 

Funders:

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The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (dt. Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, BMZ) is responsible for the planning and implementation of Germany's development policy. As a commissioning party, BMZ commissions development cooperation projects such as SAGEN to be implemented independently and on their own responsibility in accordance with the material and financial requirements of the Federal Government, as well as in compliance with the principles of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland (SECO Cooperation) is an international cooperation entity which collaborates with South Africa to promote economic development, inclusive growth, and sustainability by supporting proactive initiatives that enhance long-term economic prosperity.

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