Which city in Africa has the best Utility services? Well, according to African Utility Week, the municipality of Cape Town does. The Western Cape capital was recently award the prestigious prize at the week-long event, which culminated with an Awards Gala evening.

“We’re absolutely delighted. This is thanks to thousands of dedicated and disciplined staff and fearless leadership who only expect the best from us,” said City of Cape Town’s executive director for utility services Gisela Kaiser.

The purpose of the Utility Week is to hash out issues that concern Africa in terms of power generation, T&D, metering, clean technology, finance, reliability, water supply or energy efficiency. With the gather, delegates get a chance to interact with other professions and trade advice, information and solutions to African challenges.

African Utility Week’s programme director Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl praised the city for their ability to plan ahead – not only in the short-term, but also about the long-term impact that utility services can have.

“We are so proud to have the City of Cape Town as the official host city to our event as Cape Town is a city that is serious about service delivery and planning. The City of Cape Town’s infrastructure planning for short-term, medium-term and long-term is at the highest level.”

The annual African Utility Week attracts around 5 000 power and water professionals for the main conference and expo, which focusses on energy and water efficiency, back-up electricity supply, clean energy solutions and Pan-African cooperation.

The other finalists for the top municipality in African prize were the eThekwini, Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities.

The top prize in the category for Community Project went to the Water PlayPump Programme at the Relekile Primary School in Kuruman, South Africa. According to a press statement, the project alleviates the burden of pumping water from a well.

“The PlayPump was built as part of an innovative collaboration with local utility Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality. As the children play, the merry-go-round’s motion powers the pump, which draws clean water into a 2,500-litre storage tank for drinking, washing, cleaning and watering the school’s vegetable garden.”