The African Energy Leadership Center (AELC) of Wits Business School has signed a three-year agreement with the African Energy Chamber (AEC) (https://EnergyChamber.org/) with the aim of promoting the growth and development of the energy sector in Africa, as well as championing access to energy for all Africans in a bid to make energy poverty a thing of the past by 2030.
The deal will, among other things, see the start of an internship/scholarship program for students from Wits Business School who wish to further their careers in the energy sector.
The two parties will also collaborate on energy research projects, as well as conferences and talks.
“We are immensely excited to have this opportunity to work alongside the ACS.
This is a true meeting of minds because we share a vision which is to develop the knowledge, capacity and skills of the African energy industry so that the industry reaches its full potential,” said Professor Lwazi Ngubevana, Director of AELC.
AELC was founded in 2017 and is the first center of its kind in Africa to offer specialized postgraduate programs in Energy Leadership.
It has also established itself as a hub for new research and a platform for solution-oriented discussion between various stakeholders in the sector.
The ACS is a non-profit organization that advocates for an end to energy poverty in Africa by 2030 through increased investment in energy across the continent and across the energy value chain.
To achieve this, the ACS works with organizations, local businesses, governments and global players to foster the growth of the African energy sector that will thrive in free markets and provide job opportunities for communities.
His focus is on investment outreach, industry knowledge, training and skills development, and networking.
Central to our mandate is building capacity across Africa’s energy sector through training, research and knowledge sharing.
Our partnership agreement with Wits, one of the most prestigious universities in Africa, will go a long way in ensuring optimal growth of the industry through much-needed research and skills development.” He further pointed out that more than 600 million Africans do not have access to energy and 900 million do not have access to clean cooking fuels, most of whom are women and children.
“It is imperative that we focus on increasing access to energy in Africa to ensure that many more citizens of this continent can benefit from better health care, better employment opportunities, proper nutrition and much more, all of which depend on energy.
be available in reliable and affordable quantities.
“The future of our continent depends, to a great extent, on how we manage the energy sector.
We are on a strong growth trajectory in Africa, but this growth needs to be managed carefully.
Joining forces with the African Chamber of Energy to develop leadership skills and collaborate on research is an important step in solving our energy crisis and ultimately eliminating the scourge of energy poverty in Africa.”