2023 Academy Lectures

2022 Academy Lectures

Smart Technologies for a safer rail network

Smart Technologies for a safer rail network

Prof Gert Els (second from left) attended the lecture with SAAE Fellows Prof James Maina, Prof Elsabe Kearsley, Johan de Koker, Bob Pullen, Felix Reinders and Prof Hannes Gräbe SAAE Fellow Prof Hannes Gräbe who held the Chair in Railway Safety, sponsored by the...

2022 Academy Lectures

In the light of the good online attendance of the presentations of the Academy Lecture and the Hendrik van der Bijl Memorial Lecture in 2021, the Executive Committee decided to present the 2022 Academy Lectures in hybrid mode in order to make it accessible to a wider...

2021 Academy Lectures

ONLINE AT 17H00 ON 26 OCTOBER 2021On 26 October Prof Richard Walls presented the Academy Lecture online from the University of Cape Town. Recently the Charlotte Maxeke hospital, the library and other buildings at UCT, the homes of 10,000 people in Hout Bay and...

SAAE Academy Lecture 2020 by  Dr Rob Adam

SAAE Academy Lecture 2019
The presentation by Peter Flower, former Director of the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department, addressed his personal insight into the management of the recent drought as well as many other aspects of the Western Cape’s water supply system. In his presentation he addressed the management of the various dams that supply the City and the various irrigators, and the City’s management of its water distribution system and of consumer water demands which together avoided the so called “day zero”. The lecture provided insight into both the political and technical management of the drought, and of the City of Cape Town’s planning of additional future water supplies including the planning of groundwater development, water re-use and desalination.
SAAE Academy lecture 2018

Prof Anton Eberhard, presented the 2018 Academy Lecture on 1 November 2018 in the Snape Lecture Theatre at the University of Cape Town and on 18 March 2019 at the University of Pretoria. Anton Eberhard is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town where he directs the Management Programme in Infrastructure Investment, Reform and Regulation at the Graduate School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on governance and regulatory incentives to improve utility performance, the political-economy of power sector reform, investment challenges, and linkages to sustainable development. A recent focus has been the design of renewable energy auctions. He has worked in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, and other developing regions, for more than 35 years and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He is a Foundation Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Previously he chaired the Deputy-President’s Advisory Panel on South Africa’s Electricity Crisis and has served on the country’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, the National Planning Commission, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the Board of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. The lecture focused on the changes in the field of energy generation and the need for institutional change at Eskom to ensure its survival.


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