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Energy technology and services provider Schneider Electric has inked Memoranda of Understanding with the South African National Research Foundation and the University of Johannesburg. These partnerships aim to enhance collaboration in training the local workforce and youth, equipping them with essential energy and automation skills.

The agreements will strengthen ongoing cooperation between the three parties on research and development of innovative energy technologies, business cases and next-generation energy workforce in South Africa.

The deals have the potential to boost funding to advance research platforms for education purposes in the field of energy, according to Schneider Electric.

“We look forward to working with two of the country’s pillars in research and education which will take us one step closer to our objective of one million people trained globally by 2025,” said Devan Pillay, Cluster President of Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric.

The agreements were signed at the French Embassy in South Africa in the presence of Catherine Colonna, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs to South Africa during an event held in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training.

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.