Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of Energy Leadership (Electricity Stream)

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The African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) is offering bursaries to persons wishing to take electricity sector courses at honours level in our Post Graduate Diploma in the field of Energy Leadership in 2022.

These bursaries will cover 100% of the academic fees for the seven Electricity Stream courses only.

Candidates for degree purposes, non-degree purposes and certificate of attendance are eligible to apply for these bursaries. Preference will be given to candidates registering for degree purposes.

Bursaries are only available for the 2022 academic year.

Core Courses (compulsory):

1. Energy Value Chains 2. Energy and Environmental Sustainability 3. Leadership Fundamentals 4. Energy, Finance, Business Strategy, and Investment

Stream B - Electricity Stream

  1. Electricity Supply Industry Fundamentals, Policy and Regulation
    This course provides an overview of the core functions, operational principles and practices, of the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) and Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI). It includes a review of the high-level policy and regulatory requirements applicable to each segment of the electricity market.
  2. Technical Fundamentals of Electricity Power Systems
    This course provides an overview of the basic technical and engineering functions of power systems, at an appropriate level of technical detail for policymakers and utility executives. It develops a foundational and contextual understanding of existing and emerging power sector technologies and system integration issues.
  3. Energy Sector Governance, Policy Design and Implementation
    This course provides an overview of electricity supply industry policy making processes in SA and the implementation thereof, including the fiscal consequences of various policy options (state owned companies and privately owned companies) with a view towards financial sustainability for the industry.
  4. Fundamentals of Utility Business Management and Operational Efficiency
    This course focuses on developing an essential understanding of the key principles and good management practices that drive business sustainability of electricity utility businesses. This includes a focus on utility revenue management and collection, as well as an overview of utility licensing conditions.
  5. Fundamentals of Utility Oversight
    This course develops an understanding of the fundamentals of policymaker oversight practices for electricity utilities. It covers utility revenue management and collection, utility asset management, utility ring-fencing, and utility performance benchmarking. It supports policy decision making with respect to long term sustainability of electricity utilities.
  6. Tariff Methodologies and Tariff Design
    This double course examines the fundamentals of utility tariff methodologies, and the various types of rates and tariff structures that can be employed to charge customers.  It covers revenue requirements, base generation tariffs and Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) calculations, cost of supply principles, tariff orders and case studies.
  7. Power Market Organization, Restructuring and Transformation
    This course develops a foundational understanding of how power markets function and can be organized, reformed, and ultimately transformed.  Candidates are exposed to concepts such as vertical, horizontal unbundling, competition across various market segments, and the role of privatisation, and good practices for governance during transitions.

For degree purposes:

  • Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7). In exceptional cases, non-degreed individuals with working experience are considered.
  • Mathematics and English – a level of above-average competence equivalent to the requirements for the SA matriculation certificate.
  • Two years’ appropriate work experience. In certain cases exceptions are considered.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Candidates may also be required to attend an interview with WBS.

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For non-degree purposes:

  • The admission requirements are the same as for degree purposes.
  • Candidates must do the assignments and write the exam for any course. Successful candidates will be awarded a course credit that could be used if they register for a degree at Wits in subsequent years.

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Certificate of attendance:

  • Preference will be given to applicants that register for all seven courses.
  • Candidates will NOT do the assignments nor write the exam for any course. The admission requirements are at least matric level competency in mathematics and English plus two years appropriate work experience.
  • In certain cases exceptions are considered if a written motivation is provided.

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Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WBS

  • WBS is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).
  • Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WBS will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme. 
  • Insofar as the programme is cancelled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.