Cape Town – City Power Managing Director, Sicelo Xulu has added another feather in his cap when he scooped the coveted African Utility Executive of the Year Award at the African Utility Week Industry Awards in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.
Xulu was recognised for the innovative and smart initiatives that City Power introduced to the market.
This prestigious award, celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of a CEO from an African water or power utility in the past year.
Xulu was up against the most seasoned and accomplished executives from across the continent, including Bassey Nkamado, President and CEO of N Squared Integrated Electric Company in Nigeria; Ben Chumo, CEO of Kenya Power and Lighting Company; Charles Chapman, former Managing Director, Umeme, Uganda; William Amuna, Chief Executive, Ghana Grid Company and William Hutton-Mensah, former Managing Director, Electricity Company of Ghana and Director of Distribution, Ministry of Power.
City Power said in a statement the innovative and smart initiatives it implemented significantly improved billing accuracy, enhanced revenue generation for municipalities and contributed markedly to managing electricity usage and reducing pressure on the national grid.
These interventions include the rollout of smart meters and solar geysers across Johannesburg and the introduction of smart technologies such as ripple control, load limiting and time of use.
Last week, City Power announced that it has implemented a long-term, mitigating strategy to keep the lights on when Eskom implements load shedding.