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.

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  • 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)


We are pleased to introduce our keynote speakers for the conference who will share their practical experience towards a sustainable Southern Africa with us. Isabel Fick is from Eskom and is the General Manager for the System Operator unit. Jan Jurie Fourie is from Scatec ASA, and is the General Manager of Sub-Sahara Africa region. We look forward to hearing about their vision for the future of sustainable energy provision.


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


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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



SASEC 2021 has moved to the beautiful Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa.  The conference takes place from 17 – 19 November.  You will still enjoy the wonderful hospitality of  our beautiful province.  Come and join us.

The conference has secured formal CPD accreditation with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  2 CPD points are available to delegates.  Registration is now open.  Click here to register.

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Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. The grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees.

The homestead was transformed into a manor house in 1959 – reminiscent of the traditional French way of fusing a country hotel and wine estate. Today the iconic property hosts an elegant five-star Country hotel, acclaimed bars, restaurants and Deli, a remarkable tasting venue and a chic day spa.

Lanzerac is steeped in spellbinding history, having been established in 1692 – a mere 13 years after Stellenbosch itself and is the third oldest farm in the area. The first owner was Isaac Schrijver who planted the very first vineyards and, unsurprisingly, named the farm Schoongezicht, meaning wonderful view. In the early 1800’s the first cellar was erected and subsequently complemented by the iconic Manor House, which exhibits an unusually high level of sophistication for Cape Dutch architecture of the period with its main gable dating back to 1830.

The Manor House and Werf, which now stands proud as a Provincial Heritage Site, underwent significant changes by one of the property’s most influential owners, Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English, who bought Schoongezicht in 1920. Mrs English changed the estate’s name to Lanzerac, rumoured to be after General Charles Lanrezac – a French General, who commanded the French Fifth Army at the outbreak of World War I. She also transformed it during her nine years of ownership into one of the most modern wineries in the Cape, laying the foundations for Stellenbosch’s world-renowned wines. Mrs English passed away in 1929, and in 1934 the Estate was bought by Jacobus Tribelhorn – the builder who had extended the Manor House for Mrs English. He continued her legacy of producing wines of exceptional quality.

The wine farm’s next owner, Angus Batts Buchanan, improved the estate’s reputation to another level by winning several awards for the wines, sherry and brandy that he proudly produced and, in doing so, established Lanzerac as a leading brand.

Buchanan’s nephew, ‘Lord’ David Rawdon, ushered in an exciting new era when he purchased Lanzerac in 1958, by converting the farm into an elegant hotel and landmark. He converted the original cellar and its surrounding buildings into bars, lounges, dining area and hotel rooms.

Since then the Lanzerac become synonymous with Stellenbosch’s social agenda and provided many local and foreign tourists a unique winelands experience, characterised by its heritage and commitment to friendly ‘Boland’ culture and service commitment.

The Lanzerac wine estate has been under current ownership since 2012. Committed to bring the grande dame’s infrastructure and service levels into a 21st century luxury experience without compromising on its heritage, extensive renovations begun early in 2013.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 28 May 2017, a tragic fire severely damaged the main operational areas of the Hotel, and for the first time since the Rawdon brothers converted the estate to a hotel, the Lanzerac had to close its doors to the public for 13 months.

On the first of July 2018 – the Lanzerac proudly re-opened its doors to the public, characterised by the same glory, legacy and country chic she has been known for over the decades but now being able to compliment its magnificent and unique offering synonymous with period grandeur, with 21st century luxury.



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