An introduction to the Cigré Southern Africa Next Generation Network

Cigré stands for Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques (International Council On Large Electric Systems). It was founded in Paris in 1921 as a worldwide non-profit association. It covers issues related to planning and operation of power systems, as well as design, construction, maintenance and disposal of HV equipment and plants. Other issues related to the protection of power systems, telecontrol, telecommunication equipment and information systems are also part of CIGRE’s area of concern.

One of Cigré’s current drives is to increase the participation of women and young professionals under the age of 35 (students in particular) in the organization’s activities and to create new National Committees in Africa. In order to achieve this directive, the Cigré-SA Executive Committee initiated the Cigré-SA Next Generation Network (NGN). This group primarily targets students (from final year in engineering studies to postgraduate studies) and young professional engineers within the power industry. Its mission is to engage its members actively with Cigré’s activities and develop their knowledge, skills and networks within the industry.

Why join NGN?
• Members will have the ability to view recent Cigré publications.
• Members will be able to attend NGN sponsored events such as site visits, manufacturing plant visits, webinars and tutorials.
• NGN membership will facilitate access to Cigré Working Groups both nationally and internationally.
• Members will be given the opportunity to network and develop personally through mentorship.

NGN members are encouraged to submit abstracts/papers to Cigré Southern Africa Conference organizing committee. More information on this can be obtained on . The best paper(s) will stand a chance be sponsored to present at the next Cigré Session in Paris, 2018.Active students will be eligible for free membership while membership fees for young professionals under the age of 35 will be at a discounted rate.

To join Cigré-SA NGN, please contact

Khayakazi Dioka –
Sharon Mushabe –
Tebogo Mokwana –