Call for Applications

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2023. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less than or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS, but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. Scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2023 Funding

NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions(HEIs)

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgradute Training 2023

Frequently Asked Questions_Postgraduate Funding

18 MAY, 22

IGNITE: ENERGY FOR ALL 31 August - 01 September

The South African Energy Association Board (SANEA) is pleased to announce that the association will once again host a conference in 2022. SANEA will host its first ever hybrid event on 31 August – 1 September 2022 and our members and stakeholders will be able to attend either in person, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, or virtually from wherever they may be located without having to travel to Gauteng. We invite thought leaders, from across the energy sector, to propose a paper or presentation as outlined below which supports this year’s theme ‘IGNITE – Energy for All’.

The SANEA Board’s decision to host another conference in 2022 was made after the resounding success of SANEA’S 2021 conference. Held virtually it was supported by key energy sector leaders and stakeholders who conversed and deliberated the theme - UNLOCK: Unlocking the possibilities of energy sustainability and celebrated 2021 World Energy Day, which focused on Unlocking Energy Sustainability in South Africa.

For 2022 we have selected the theme of ‘IGNITE – Energy for All’ - moving to a more action-oriented focus that is required to deliver the significant outcomes to advance the energy sector. Last year we hosted the conference to coincide with World Energy Day celebrations which normally takes place on the 3rd Friday of October each year. This year, given the other energy conferences being hosted in South Africa during this time, we made the decision to host our conference on 31 August to 1 September 2022, where the important discussions taking place at our event will lead to another event which we will host on World Energy Day!


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18 MAY, 22

LEAP-RE Joint Call 2022 Pre-announcement

Gathering several African and European funding agencies (members of the LEAP-RE consortium) the joint goal is the preparation and implementation of transnational joint Calls for proposals co-funded by European and African national research funding agencies, with additional EC contribution. The selected projects will focus on achieving goals of mutual benefit based on a balanced and cooperative approach. Particular attention will be given to strengthening the impact of R&I supported activities for the well-being of the society, in Europe and in Africa.


17 MAY, 22

Call to Entry

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Clean Energy Ministerial Energy Management Leadership Awards competition is open! The submission deadline is 2 June 2022. Early submission by 19 May is strongly encouraged.

Organizations certified to ISO 50001 are invited to submit case studies for recognition. Each entry will describe how ISO 50001 implementation occurred within the organization and resulting business benefits. Entries will undergo a juried selection process by a committee of experts from around world. Changes in 2022 include enhanced guidance on energy performance, an updated template and case study topics, and other improvements reflecting stakeholder feedback and international expert input.


23 MAR, 22

Join us, the Renewables Academy (RENAC), the German Federal Ministry for Technical Cooperation (BMZ), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH today, 15 March 2022 at 2PM for the first in a series of webinars to discuss Green Hydrogen in South Africa

"As the world urgently searches for solutions to decarbonising the hard-to-abate sectors, there is a current surge of global interest in green hydrogen (H2) and green-hydrogen-based Power-to-X (PtX) products.

South Africa is characterised by favourable solar and wind energy conditions, significant mineral resources, and existing hydrogen value chains and industries. Thus, green hydrogen offers South Africa many opportunities.” - RENAC

Venue:Teams - in the comfort of your home

Date and Time: 15 March 2022 | 14:00

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15 MAR, 22

UniVen SANEDI partnership

As part of its core business University of Venda, besides teaching and learning has as one of its thrust community engaged research geared towards addressing community poverty-related challenges and development needs of the communities in the Limpopo Province and in SADC rural communities.

The University of Venda has made its name in renewable energy research and promotion projects in the province through the work of the team running the Green Technologies Promotion (UniVen GreenTech Promo) Drive led from the Department of Physics under the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture of the University of Venda.

10 FEB, 22

Turning Waste into Energy: A Roadmap for South Africa

The waste sector contributes significantly to the South African economy. It already provides tens of thousands of jobs and livelihoods, both formal and informal, and the potential for growth in the subsector of converting waste into energy is enormous. This, while helping alleviate one of the largest problems of our time – landfill creep and all its inherent perils for the planet.

So, can a comprehensive waste-to-energy plan be rolled out at scale in the country? The answer to this question – and others – will soon become apparent from the Waste to Energy Roadmap for South Africa, to be published in early 2022.

13 DEC, 21


Thursday, 2 December 2021
09h00 - 11h00
Virtual - GoToWebinar

What we will cover:

  • The roles and responsibilities in the EPC process(building owner / SANAS acc IB, SANEDI and DMRE).
  • About the project - an overview of the UK Pact fundedprogramme, its aims and outcomes.
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities involved inthe EPC process.
  • A detailed look at an EPC tool and the data required.
  • The EPC roadmap, what it means and how it can beused to drive energy efficiency.
  • What next and Net Zero targets?
17 NOV, 21

One day training livestreamed 8am-5pm
R2,800 members*
R4,300 non-member*

Voluntary online in-camera exam with the Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA)
R500 first exa m**
R400 rewrite (max 2 rewrites)**

Voluntary assignment to assist with practical available from IEPA
-Own mentor and assessor @ NO CHARGE
- Assessment and moderation @ R3,000**

* SAEEC Cost excl. VAT
** IEPA Cost excl. VAT

15 NOV, 21

Launch event: Energy Efficiency 2021

We are pleased to inform you that the latest IEA energy efficiency market report, Energy Efficiency 2021, will be published next Wednesday 17 November.

We hope you will be able to join us on 17 November at 10:00-11:00 Paris time (GMT+1) for the public launch event, where IEA experts will outline the latest trends in the global energy efficiency market and the vital role that efficiency will play in delivering global net zero ambitions, as well as the increasingly important place of digital technologies in energy efficiency’s future.

The webinar will be livestreamed on the IEA’s YouTube channel and added to the event page on the day.

12 NOV, 21

Southern African Sustainable Energy Conference (SASEC)

Stellenbosch University will host the now called Southern African Sustainable Energy Conference (SASEC), which will take place from 17 – 19 November 2021, at Spier, Western Cape Province, South Africa. We look forward to hosting you in our beautiful province. Come and join us. The conference specifically focuses on research,

12 NOV, 21

To Whom it May Concern

The South African-German Energy Partnership implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supports the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in the compilation of a report on the state of research regarding energy efficient lighting in South Africa. The report is intended to showcase South Africa’s energy efficient lighting researchers and research themes and to highlight possible opportunities for collaboration on strategically aligned priorities.

SMEC South Africa has been appointed by GIZ to carry out the review and to compile a report on the results. During the study, SMEC representatives will contact key role-players and stakeholders for information and input. GIZ kindly requests that all possible assistance is afforded to SMEC to ensure that a comprehensive review can be carried out. The report will be presented to stakeholders at a SANEDI hosted workshop where potential collaboration between industry and academia will be explored with a view to secure potential funding.

Should you have any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sandiswa Tshaka on

Kind regards

Ms Marlett Balmer, Head: Energy Efficiency

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To whom it may concern

RE: GIZ Energy Efficiency Lighting Research

SMEC South Africa has been appointed by the GIZ to investigate and catalogue the energy efficiency lighting research currently being undertaken in South Africa as per the attached letter of introduction.

The goal of the research is to provide an overview of current energy efficient lighting research being carried out in South Africa. All the key stakeholders and researchers conducting research in this area need to be identified.

Kindly answer the questions below:

No. Question Response by researcher
1 Are you currently involved with any research projects pertaining to energy efficiency lighting projects? If yes, please continue to fill out the full questionnaire. If no, please respond to item 2 only.
2 Do you see any gaps where research should be conducted in energy efficient lighting?
3 Which sector does your research fall under? (a) Public sector and research facilities (b) Academic institutions (c) Private sector (d) If other, please specify
4 Which category does your research fall under?
(a) Daylighting design
(b) Photometric measurement systems
(c) Lighting simulation
(d) Materials/nanotechnology
(e) Surge protection
(f) Lifespan, Lumen maintenance / L70
(g) Standardised techniques for lifespan testing / warranties / standards
(h) Colour shifts with ageing
(i) Improvements in energy efficiency,
(j) LED Chip
(k) Emission spectrum
(l) Drivers
(m) Heatsink
(n) Lens / diffuser improvements
(o) Smart control
(p) If other, please specify
5 To what type of lighting applicable would you classify your research as most relevant to?
(a) Retail and commercial
(b) Stadium / Sports lighting
(c) Public lighting (road lighting and high mast area lighting)
(d) Traffic signals
(e) Industrial / warehousing
(f) Domestic
(g) If other, please specify
6 Please provide your details.

Are you a rated researcher? If so, please provide your NRF rating.
Cell number:
7 Please provide a short biography (3-6 lines).
8 Please provide a short description of the focus of your research.
8.1 Summarise the topic.
8.2 What aspect of lighting are you focused on?
8.3 What are the potential impacts of your research
9 Please provide a list of all recent (from 2015) published papers or articles of which you are an author.
10 Please provide references to any other researchers/organisations in South Africa in the energy efficiency lighting research field.
Are you collaborating with any international institutions/universities?
Name: Email address:
11 (Optional) Please include/share any other information you think would be valuable in this project.
12 (Optional) What, in your opinion, are the research gaps concerning EE lighting research in South Africa which is not already mentioned above?
13 (Optional) What are your recommendations for EE lighting research?

Thank you for your collaboration. We look forward to hearing from you!

For any queries, please contact:

Name Email Cell number
Stephen Reynders 083 468 3427
Krishna Chetty 060 838 7092
Bianca Harber 076 696 1473

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2021 Residential Electricity Consumption in South Africa research report

On a global basis, the residential sector consumes one fifth of the world’s energy (International Energy Agency 2018: 2) and has a large untapped potential to benefit from the multiple positive economic and social impacts of energy efficiency. These benefits include increased disposable income, poverty alleviation, improved health & well-being, improved energy security and macro-economic benefits (IEA 2015: 31–37). Improved energy efficiency means that less energy is used while maintaining the same level of service, or increasing service levels while maintaining energy use. In the residential context this is achieved by utilizing more efficient appliances and by utilizing appliances more efficiently, meaning that efficiency improvements may be affected both by investments in technical interventions and by changes in behaviour.


21 JUN, 21