EVENT: The Eskom Crisis and the Energy Transition

23rd January / 4pm - 6pm / UCT Graduate School of Business

President Cyril Ramaphosa and team South Africa are currently in Davos for the World Economic Forum: an opportune time to open debate about our energy future in South Africa. Eskom is in crisis and we need to discuss how to transition to a reliable, stable energy future.

Please join Power Futures South Africa for a panel discussion on the Eskom Crisis and the Energy Transition. The event will be hosted at the UCT Graduate School of Business, with a panel discussion facilitated by Lauren Hermanus of Power Futures South Africa.

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The panelists include:

Nhlanhla Ngidi from SALGA

Nhlanhla Ngidi is the head of electricity and energy for the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). In this role, Nhlanhla advocates for the transition of the current business models for electricity and energy in the municipal space, and is responsible for representing the local government positions at policy and regulation platforms. He holds a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL), Post Graduate Degree in Management Development (MDP), Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering Heavy Current (B-Tech) and a National Diploma in Power Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). In addition to his position at SALGA, Nhlanhla is on the Boards of the Energy and Water SETA, and the National Laboratories Association, and serves as an Advisory Board member of PowerGen and Distributech Africa. He played a role in the SADC region as an External Expert for Renewable Energy at the Regional Electricity Regulator’s Association of Southern Africa.

Steve Nicholls from NBI

Steve Nicholls is the Head of Environmental Sustainability for the National Business Initiative (NBI). He is a a sustainability and strategy professional backed by experience in finance, operations, information technology and business process design. At the NBI, Steve is also connected to We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. He has worked across a number of industries, including Financial Services, Resources, Energy, Retail and Telecommunications. This has allowed to develop a good understanding of international preferred practice and an insight into what works. In addition to working with industry, Steve also has experience working with corporations and governments in the United Kingdom, Botswana and South Africa.

Mandy Rambharos from Eskom

Mandy Rambharos manages the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence for Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s state-owned power utility. She is responsible for Sustainable Development and Climate Change policy and strategy development for Eskom, including Climate Change and related Strategies and the incorporation of sustainability issues in Corporate Strategy. She is also responsible for providing assurance on all Sustainability-related key performance indicators for the company’s Integrated Report.  She is a member of the South African delegation to the UNFCCC. She is also an NBI Board member and is involved with a number of international business initiatives in which Eskom actively participates.

Louise Scholtz from WWF

Louise Scholtz is the Manager of Energy and Urban Futures in the Policy and Futures Unit of WWF-SA. She is a qualified attorney with an MBA and an MPhil in Sustainable Development and Planning. Louise is particularly interested in the role and impact of policy, finance and governance, in both the private and public sector in supporting a low carbon transition in South Africa, with a particular focus on the role of cities to drive this transition. Existing relevant areas of embedded research include understanding private sector investment in rooftop PV within municipalities, and the impact on infrastructure requirements and long term revenue flow; as well assisting municipalities to respond with appropriate short-, medium- and long-term interventions to ensure their long-term financial sustainability. She has also undertaken research on unlocking increased localisation of small-scale renewable energy technologies in selected East African countries.

Obakeng Moloabi from Pele Green Energy

Obakeng Moloabi is the Executive Director of Project Development and one of five founders of the Pele Energy Group, an Independent Power Producer that develops, owns, procures, constructs and operates renewable energy power projects in South Africa. He holds a B. Com in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg. Before the founding of Pele, Obakeng was an interest rate derivatives trader for Standard Bank with a focus on trading sovereign and utility debt. Obakeng has been central to the development of Pele’s project pipeline, resulting in the investment in 1200 MW of power projects, ranging across renewable and traditional fuels technologies in South Africa and Mozambique.

Lauren Hermanus from Power Futures SA (Facilitator)

Lauren Hermanus is a a sustainable development practitioner with ten years of experience working on the green economy, urban resilience and sustainable energy innovation. She is engaged in several projects, including running her own advisory practice, Adapt. Among her endeavours, she works on Power Futures SA with Catrina Godinho and Siwe Kuse. Power Futures SA is a platform for inclusive, evidence-based dialogue for a just and transformed South African energy sector. Launching on 23 January 2019, it is run from within the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business’s MIRA research group, where she holds the position of Research Associate. 


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