Renewable Energy Products and Expertise Showcase: South Africa

Date: 19 July 2022, 09h00 to 16h00
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre

08h30 – 09h00

Registration and coffee

09h00 – 09h10

Welcome and opening

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

  • Josh Reid, Deputy Consul General, British Consulate General Cape Town

09h10 – 10h10

TFSA’s engagement in the renewable energy value chain

Navigating duty exemptions for the renewables sector

  • Donald MacKay, XA International Trade Advisors

Profiling the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Duncan Bonnett, Africa House

Q&A session

10h10 – 10h30

An overview of Energy Catalyst, an Innovate UK programme focusing on accelerating the innovation needed to meet SDG 7 - 'Affordable and clean energy’

Innovate UK

  • Amy Flynn, Impact and Performance Manager – Sustainable Innovation Fund


Coffee/tea break


Supporting export growth by building South African input supply capabilities through the renewable energy value chain

11h00 – 11h30

Key Note Address: Unpacking the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan as the vision and opportunity for a renewable energy manufacturing value chain

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

  • Annelize van der Merwe, Director: Investment Promotion (Green Economy)

11h30 – 12h55

Panel Discussion: South Africa’s current supply capacity and capability to meet input demand into regional renewable energy projects

Topics to be discussed:

  • What are the lessons for SAREM of the Manufacturing Circle’s Renewable Energy Material Demand Study?

  • How to support and grow existing capacity in South Africa to meet the demands of the region – who is currently supporting the sector and are regional linkages being created?

  • What does existing capacity in renewables look like in South Africa and are there opportunities for further leveraging of manufacturing to expand this?

  • What is the experience of foreign players in the South African sector in finding available local capacity?

  • How can the industry leverage on the provisions and work undertaken through the TFSA programme to drive supply beyond South Africa?

SA Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC)

  • Chiboni Evans, CEO

Atlantis SEZ

  • Jarrod Lyons, Business Development Executive

Manufacturing Circle

  • Philippa Rodseth, Executive Director


  • Collins Nyamadzawo, Senior Energy Analyst

Elettronica Santerno South Africa

  • Luigi Guerra, Country Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

Q&A session

12h55 – 13h00

Closing Remarks

George Barrett, Head, Trade Programming Southern Africa, Economic Growth Team, British High Commission

13h00 – 14h00

Networking Lunch

14h00 – 16h00

Workshop on navigating the business of exporting and available resources

  • Presenter: Robert Moodie, Lead Technical Expert: Access to Information & Trade Promotion, Trade Forward Southern Africa.

Many exporters, and especially new aspiring exporters, face massive challenges finding reliable authoritative information and knowledge on international market opportunities and resources to help navigate the highly complex business of exporting.

14h00 – 16h00

Scheduled B2B meetings continue through to 16h00 on Wednesday 20th July