By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
The Western Cape province is well on its way to becoming the most energy efficient region, at least in South Africa.
And recent reports stated that the energy management consultancy, Annasa Energy has implemented Project Portfolio Office (PPO), an online project portfolio management and collaboration application, in order to assist in the rollout of two million compact fluorescent lamps to the public of the Western Cape province.
According to Tsholo Matlala, MD of Annasa Energy, the organisation opted for PPO to assist with project and data management around the installation of the bulbs.
Matlala said: “As part of its Efficient Lighting Programme, which involves the large scale exchange of CFLs in the residential sector, Eskom appointed Annasa Energy, as a company that provides for the implementation of energy efficiency solutions, to assist in helping Cape Town-based residents to reduce energy consumption.
“Through Annasa Energy, five consultancies have been tasked with physically replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, as well as collection of the old bulbs for disposal. We needed PPO to help keep track of the entire process – from the number of CFL bulbs installed, to the removal and crushing of the incandescent bulbs,” he added.
Matlala explained that PPO’s strength, in this case, lies in its ability for live information updates.
“Consultants in the field can update the system as bulbs are replaced, meaning that we can tightly control progress and effort as well as provide accurate, current reports to Eskom.
He continued: “Due to PPO, management of progress and effort can be speedily verified, within one day, as opposed to a five day wait when using our previous offline system. In addition, cash flow management is greatly improved, meaning reduced payment times for contractors.”
While Guy Jelley, Project Portfolio Office CEO, said that the PPO’s collaboration abilities are key to this project, with access needed by Eskom, Annasa Energy, the consultancies and the bulb crushing company.
“Using PPO allows project teams and stakeholders a far greater visibility of the status of work, projects, programmes and portfolios. It creates a collaborative environment for teams to work, plan and complete projects together and provides the required communication and alerts to keep teams informed.