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, development and deployment of methodologies, technologies and systems within the Southern African context related to sustainable energy (i.e. energy that can be replenished in the short-term, with no long-term environmental damage).

The conference provides the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field. It is a particularly good opportunity for postgraduate students to showcase their research progress, and to develop knowledge and networks in the field.

Presentations at SASEC will be subject to the acceptance of an abstract and full paper.  The review process will consist of an initial review of one-page abstracts followed by a rigorous review of the complete papers.

Sponsorship Opportunities now available


  • Solar Thermal energy systems
  • Solar PV energy systems
  • Wind energy systems
  • Hydrogen, Hydro and Ocean Energy
  • Renewable energy resource assessment
  • Demand side and energy storage applications
  • Power systems planning and operations
  • Bioenergy (Thermochemical, biological, chemical and physical conversion systems)


Keynote Speakers will be confirmed shortly.


1st Call for Abstracts 05 Nov 2020
2nd Call for Abstracts 11 Jan 2021
Abstracts due 14 Feb 2021
Notification of Acceptance 05 March 2021
Full Paper due 03 May 2021 10 May 2021
Acceptance Notification 18 June 2021
Early Bird registrations close 12 July 2021
Revised Final Paper due 02 July 2021
Conference 17 – 19 November 2021

SASEC 2021 Registration Fees

Early Registration
(Up to 12 July 2021)
Late Registration
(From 13 July 2021)
Standard Fee R7000 R9000
Student Fee R4400 R5500
Register Here


Download guidelines

Abstract submission has now closed!

If your abstract has been accepted we now invite you to submit your full paper for review. In order to submit your full paper, please click on the link below and login with the same email address and password used when submitting your abstract. Click on the “edit abstract” tab and next to your accepted abstract you will see under documents you can choose to upload your full paper and then click “update”. Once again for ease of reference, please find attached the full paper template and guidelines. A reminder that the deadline for submission is the 3rd May 10 May.

Submit your full paper



To book your accommodation please contact the Spier reservations team on +27 21 809 1946 or +27 21 809 1948 or email:

Please quote the following booking ID when booking in order to ensure that you are quoted the SASEC rate – ID Number 2523832. Please do not reserve your room on the Spier website, reservations need to be made directly with Spier in order to qualify for the SASEC rate.

Signature Rooms: R1965.00 per single room per night. This rate includes bed and breakfast and excludes a 1% Tourism levy.

Alternative accommodation is also available in the heart of Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, a mere 15min drive from Spier. Kindly contact Stellenbosch Tourism and Information Bureau for further assistance:


Spier, near Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, we’ve got a vibrant and conscious energy, and are home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art.

Our wines are among the most awarded in the country. Visit us, and enjoy them paired with wholesome, tasty food made with ingredients grown either on our farm or by trusted, nearby farmers. If you feel like lingering, our Hotel and conferencing facilities offer inspiring Winelands getaways in the tranquility of nature.

Our free-roaming livestock and chickens are reared in pastures without the use of antibiotics or hormones, while fruit, vegetables and vines grow without artificial fertiliser or pesticides. Extensive tracts of alien vegetation have been removed, and more than a million indigenous plants replanted. 100% of black- and grey-water and more than 98% of solid waste is recycled.

At Spier we believe we can make a difference through learning. We invest in Growing for Good, a range of learning initiatives that empower communities to make positive social and environmental change. These include Tree-preneurs, which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods. A number of programmes also offer young people work experience, training and mentorship in hospitality, agriculture, wine and art.

Spier has been recognised by number external organisations for its commitment to sustainability and ethical business. Our farm is organically certified and was awarded Conservation Champion status by WWF-SA. Our Hotel was one of the first in the country to receive Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) accreditation; it also won gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment. A member of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA), our winery is FSSC 22000 certified, Control Union Vegan accredited and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.

Continuing a long-held tradition, Spier is owned and managed by the family who bought the farm in 1993. They live on the farm and work hands-on with the farming and leisure operations, together with Andrew Milne, who directs the business.






Registration enquiries

Thandeka Msweli

General Enquiries

Liza Monteiro