Premier Dr.Zamani Saul
Premier of the Sixth Administration of the Northern Cape Government
Dr Philemon Mjwara
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND INNOVATION,
Chief Director:Hydrogen and Energy Department of Science and Technology
Vice President (VP) of Sasol Energy’s Environmental Sustainability
Senior Vice President for Research and Technology at Sasol,
Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) Chief Operating Officer,
Dr Thomas Weiss
Vice President: Hydrogen At TÜV SÜD
Garth Van Der Horst
Chief Trade and Investment Officer at Wesgro
Chief Investment Facilitator Gauteng IDZ
Zanele Mavuso Mbatha
CEO of Bambili Energy
Dr Sharon Blair
Director: HySA Catalysis Centre of Competence and CEO: HyPlat (Pty) Ltd
Senior Business Development Manager, Linde Clean Energy
Senior Associate Corporate Johannesburg
Mr. Ayman Ashour
CEO of Mobility Turnkey in Middle East & Africa and Siemens Mobility UAE
Manager, Manufacturing Africa Region at IFC (World Bank Group)
Dr. Laurent Antoni
Public Affairs manager for Hydrogen Technologies at CEA Liten
Prof. Dr. Anicia Peters
Pro-Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Development University of Namibia
Director: HySA Systems Director: Cape Stack (Pty) LTD
Gina Elisa Lagunes Díaz
Head of the German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office Giz
Dr Nicholas Musyoka
Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa
Director - New Power Business Cummins MENA Region
Dr. Zivayi Chiguvare
Senior Lecturer Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Material Science
Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Head of Division: New Energy Solutions at ENERTRAG
Dr. Natangue Shafudah
Researcher at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Material Science, University of Namibia
Senior Process Engineer and project manager at Zutari
Founder and CEOGreen Hydrogen Solutions
Group Executive: Origination & Coverage Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Director & Head: Industrials, Manufacturing & Trade at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc (CDH)
Qualified International Strategist in Cleaner Energy, Green Hydrogen Mobility, Maritime, Market Expansion and Entry
CEO – CHIETA
Andile Caleb Makhunga
Co-founder, major shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Rolfo South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Rolfo SA)
Managing Director for Thermal, Desalination, Battery Storage and Hydrogen with extensive international and Africa experience.
Johan van den Berg
Head of Secretariat of the Africa EU Energy Partnership in Bonn, Germany.
Ms. Nadège Hopman
Deputy head of the regional representation for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean at the European Investment Bank in Pretoria.
Head Basic Metals & Mining - IDC
Divisional Executive: Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy
Dr Stanford Chidziva
Acting Director for the Green Hydrogen Programme
Professor Mahlanyane Kenneth Mathe
Chair for the University of Johannesburg"s PEETS station 2016
Chief Executive EWSETA
Head: Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Nedbank CIB
Industry Development Planner Industry Planning and Project Development IDC
Ms Fahmida Smith
Principal Market Development Anglo American
Prof Dmitri Bessarabov, Ph.D.
HySA Director & Professor Infrastructure Competence Center, HySA
Thomas Hajonides van der Meulen
Hydrogen consultant TNO
Peter Paul van 't Veen
Business development Director Innovation for Development TNO
Managing Director Southern Africa at ALSTOM
Garth Van Der Horst is the Chief Trade and Investment Officer at Wesgro. The Trade and Investment unit role in the Western Cape and Cape Town is to attract and facilitate national and international investment, work to grow the exports of products and services, and market the Western Cape and Cape Town as a competitive business destination.
Thembakazi Mali holds a Ph. D in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her career spans over two decades in the energy and petrochemical fields. Presently, she is the Senior Vice President for Research and Technology at Sasol, an international integrated chemicals and energy company. Research and Technology (R&T) is at the forefront of Sasol’s Purpose, “Innovating for a better future” by identifying, assessing, and developing novel technology options for sustainable Sasol operations., They focus on developing sustainable technology solutions to guide pathways for Future Sasol, while also spearheading licensing opportunities for Sasol’s proprietary technologies. Before joining SASOL, she was the Interim CEO at SANEDI, which is state-funded applied energy research, development, and deployment organization. Until recently, she has served as the South African representative and executive committee member to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programmes on Ocean Energy Systems, Bioenergy, and Solar Cooling and Heating.
At TÜV SÜD Thomas is responsible for the global hydrogen, Power to X, and energy storage business in the Industry Service Division. He has a long track record along the entire energy value chain, from generation to transmission, distribution, and consumption.
He managed international and interdisciplinary teams in research, industry, and consultancy projects. His main focus is on large transformation projects, new business models, and hydrogen ecosystems.
Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in energy economics.
Sarushen Pillay is one of the leaders in the environmental sector in South Africa. In his role as the VP Environmental Sustainability at Sasol he led the development of Sasol’s GHG emission reduction roadmaps culminating in the recent (September 2021) announcement of enhanced 2030 targets
(30% reduction) and a net-zero ambition by 2050. His team is leading the transformation of a coal giant, currently using in excess of 40 million tons per year, to transform to cleaner feedstocks starting with natural gas followed by green hydrogen and sustainable carbon. Sasol is therefore well positioned to lead the energy transition in Southern Africa.
The transition from coal comes with a host of other environmental sustainability benefits and by innovatively integrating and embedding Sasol’s decarbonization plans into the heart of the strategy, the teams have been able to develop plans that protect shareholder value whilst achieving deep decarbonization in a responsible manner. Sasol is the world leader in Fischer-Tropsch technology and is seeking to leverage this advantage to enable the transition
Sarushen obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at the Pollution Research Group (PRG) of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, one of the leading water research centres in the world. His work on this subject has been presented at many international conferences including the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He was a pioneer in the use of Life Cycle Assessments in the water industry and was responsible for the development of an environmental performance indicator for water providers.
Throughout his career he has focused on the environmental field and has more than 20 years of experience in this area having worked in design, commissioning, operations, optimization, and R&D. He also has extensive experience in the management and commercialization of IP.
Mpho Mookapele is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience in the Private and Public Sector in Finance, Strategy Development, and Regulatory Environment and Skills Development.
She is passionate about life and her purpose is to live life to the fullest by serving her purpose. Her passion for the development of the country, and its young people, has served as the driving force for her dedication to the public sector. This dedication extends beyond the boardroom and she is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at capacitating women at different stages in life.
Throughout her career, she has served in different spheres of the South African Government, including the Private Sector and in the United Kingdom.
Mpho worked for Ernst & Young South Africa and Ernst & Young United Kingdom as a trainee accountant and worked through to senior manager in the finance and accounting advisory service division. She joined the public sector as a Chief Financial Officer at Energy & Water SETA in 2017 and served for 2years before being appointed as acting Chief Executive Officer for 2years and was officially appointed as a Chief Executive in 2020.
Her role at EWSETA included amongst other building and maintaining a healthy finance control environment. As a CFO she headed financial management, supply chain management, and risk management, divisions. Her area of responsibility was broadened to developing a strategy for the
organization. She has assisted the organization in clarifying its value chain and developing an effective operating model that will drive the SETA to operational excellence and high performance to impact the sector.
Ms. Mookapele was awarded the 2019 overall winner of the SAICA Top-35-under-35 CA (SA) Competition.
Ms. Mookapele also serves on a number of governance committees where she intends to impact the sector through policy setting as a member of various committees.
– Novo Energy ARC Committee and
– SARETEC Advisory Board
– UKZN Council ( ministerial appointee) and
– SAICA Ethics Committee Member
– African Women Chartered Accountants board subcommittee,
“Whether partly cloudy or clear skies, the sun comes out daily and serves its purpose, and so will I” Mpho Mookapele
Reg is a mining and resources executive with over twenty years of experience. Before his
appointment at IDC, Reg was the Group CEO of Wescoal Holdings Limited, a coal mining company
listed on the JSE. Reg has extensive investment banking experience from his 15-year tenure at
Nedbank Limited that covered mergers and acquisitions, BEE structuring, capital raising, mining
valuations and more.
Before joining Nedbank in 2008, Reg was a commodity analyst at Renaissance BJM Securities,
responsible for researching various minerals and metals commodities. He also held various roles
including at the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (formerly Department of Minerals and
Energy) as an inspector of mines and in academia at the University of Venda as well as at the
University of Johannesburg (formerly Wits Technikon). Reg holds a BSc Mining Engineering (Wits)
and an MSc in Mining Engineering (Exeter University, Camborne School of Mines).
Professor Mathe is a Leading Energy Expert. A Prolific Scholar, Thought Leader, Strategic Thinker, and Advisor who has led multidisciplinary research teams and has delivered several Energy initiatives in his career. He provides Visionary Thought Leadership in Key Partnerships, Strategy, and Policy Developments, leads Negotiations, and Budget Planning, and participates in Media communications (Prolific Author, Speaker, and Interviewer). He is the current Chair for the University of Johannesburg’s PEETS station 2016 to date. He contributes to organizing local and international conferences like the AMRS 2017 in Botswana and ISE 70, 2019 in Durban. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Isondo Precious Metals, Pty. Ltd, NACI – Sub-committee on Energy Storage and the Department of Energy's committee on Nuclear RDI. He contributes as a reviewer to several high-impact journals, an academic supervisor, and a mentor in addition to acting as an examiner for MSc and Ph.D. candidates. His research interest is in advanced energy materials electrochemical studies.
Rian Coetzee is an Economist and holds a Master’s Degree in Quantitative Economics. He
started his career as a statistician and later became lecturer in Economics at the University
of North West. He joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 1995 as an
Analyst of industry and advisor on policy and economic modelling.
As Head of the Development Funding Department, he was responsible for design and
management of the EURO 50million EU Risk Capital Facility – a private equity fund aimed at
the black SME sector. He was also chairperson of the Support Program for Industrial
Innovation (SPII), and in 2004, became head of the Agro-Industries Business Unit within the
IDC, which was responsible for an investment portfolio of R 5.5 billion.
He has adjudicated scientific articles for journals and provided training in Funding of
Agriculture. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EUR 50 million Moringa
Fund, an investment fund involved in agro-forestry focusing on Africa and South America
founded by Compagnie Edmund de Rothschild. In 2014 Rian was seconded by the IDC to
one of its subsidiaries, the Small Enterprise Funding Agency (SEFA) as Executive: Direct
Lending for three and a half years. On his return to the IDC he was appointed as Head:
Basic Metals & Mining Business Unit in an acting capacity. He has served as a Board
member at various companies.
Dr Stanford Chidziva joined University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2008 as a Scientific officer at
the South African Institute of Advanced Material Chemistry (SAIAMC), he is currently Acting Director
for the Green Hydrogen Programme. Dr Stanford’s research experience in the renewable energy
space led him to explore studies in Hydrogen Safety at a world- renowned university in Hydrogen
Safety, Ulster University in the United Kingdom. He graduated with a M.Sc. in Hydrogen Safety
Engineering in 2014 with a Cum Laude, thus becoming one of the first few Hydrogen safety experts
in South Africa. Dr Stanford embarked on his Doctoral studies in 2016 within the renewable energy
field and successfully completed his PhD work in the year 2020. Dr Chidziva successfully designed
and integrated a prototype system, in collaboration with a leading international electrolyser
company, an 8kW Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Water Electrolyser (PEMWE) with a hydrogen
production rate of 2 Nm 3 /hr and a hydrogen discharge pressure of 20 bars. Dr Stanford is currently
looking into Green Hydrogen Development as an academic expert with industrial partners.
Nadège is the deputy head of the regional representation for
Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean at the European Investment
Bank in Pretoria. She focuses on public sector projects with a keen
interest in the nascent green hydrogen economy and its potential
triple dividend of economic growth, fight against climate change
and increased security of supply.
She worked in sustainable development finance both at the Agence Française de
Développement (AFD) in Paris while on secondment and at the EIB since 2012. Before
devoting her work to investment and development finance, she worked with Schlumberger
for 12 years mostly in Africa and the North Sea. She held various positions in the field and
went on to lead technical teams on some first-of-a-kind CO2 storage projects in Europe.
She has co-authored several papers both on technical and on psychology-related topics.
Nadège holds a Masters in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Geophysics, an MBA from INSEAD
and a BSc in Psychology. She is currently completing an MSc in Social Psychology.
Johan van den Berg is the Head of Secretariat of the Africa EU Energy Partnership in Bonn, Germany.
Previously he was CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association and Chair of the South African
Renewable Energy Council. An advocate, he has spent more than twenty years in in energy and
climate protection work.
Jonathan Debasc is the Managing Director for Thermal, Desalination, Battery Storage and Hydrogen with extensive international and Africa experience. Jonathan started his career more than 15-years ago at a consulting firm in the US, focusing predominately on infrastructure projects on the African continent. In 2007, he moved to France to work for Alcatel Lucent, on a wide restructuring plan, and then for Veolia to support their development activities in the Energy and Water business.
In 2010, he joined Degremont (ENGIE Group) as Financial Advisor where he participated to the international expansion of the desalination and water treatments plants in South America, Russia and Africa. In 2013, Jonathan moved to the Renewables division of ENGIE to become a Senior Financial Advisor where he led partnerships, acquisitions and refinancing of ~1 GW of wind and solar farms. More than 6-years ago, he arrived in South Africa to support ENGIE’s expansion and ambition to accelerate the business in Africa. Jonathan became Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in 2019 where he executed several transactions – Offgrid in East Africa and renewables in South Africa. Since 2021, Jonathan has been responsible for the development of the asset management of Thermal, Desalination, Battery Storage and Hydrogen activities on the African continent which are mainly spread over South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
Andile Caleb Makhunga is the co-founder, major shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of
Rolfo South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Rolfo SA). Rolfo SA is a partnership with Rolfo Group of Italy, a
renowned world leader in the design, production, sales and aftersales of car dealers across
the globe. He has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry and has worked in both
financial services as well as manufacturing. Under Andile’s leadership Rolfo SA has grown
significantly capturing market share and suppling industry leading products to a growing list
of customers in the car transport sector.
Andile founded African Genome Automotive (AGA) in 2016, AGA has partnered with
Alexander Dennis Limited of the UK to produce low emissions lightweight, fuel efficient
vehicles (city buses) with industry-leading reliability, lowest cost of ownership and world
class aftermarket support for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. ADL is a global leader in
the design and manufacture of double deck buses and is also the UK’s largest bus and coach
manufacturer. AGA and ADL have recently won a contract to build a factory for the supply of
initially low emissions diesel buses with a view to transfer skills, technology and know-how
to AGA. Subsequently the partners will explore engaging further into the local production of
ZERO EMMISIONS buses including Battery Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell. The partners
envisage leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and supporting intra-
African trade for growth.
Andile launched his career at BMW Group, and in his eight years there, he was in various
senior management roles including, business development and general management. In
2005, he was identified as a future leader in the BMW Group through the International
Driver Programme. As a result, Andile spent time in Munich, working in the Strategy
Department of BMW Finance, where they are responsible for various business lines within
the group. Andile joined First National Bank as CEO of FNB Vehicle Finance in 2008 and soon
became the founding head of Slow Lounges – a strategic partnership with Comair and British
Airways that became part of the successful FNB rewards portfolio and was nominated for an
FNB Innovation Award.
After his time in the banking industry, Andile embarked on an investment initiative called
African Genome Investments, where he worked with multinational OEMs in the automotive
ecosystem. Andile has an MBA from Gibs (University of Pretoria), and also holds a B. Com in
Corporate Finance, Investments and Accounting as well as a BSc in Biology (Botany and
Zoology). Currently, he is working with Bizimali Secondary School in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal,
as a fundraiser to support the incentivisation of teachers. Andile is a Fellow of the 13th Class
(AKANI) of the South African Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership
Ipeleng Selele is a qualified International Strategist in Cleaner Energy, Green Hydrogen Mobility, Maritime, Market Expansion and Entry. She is an entrepreneur with interests in Energy, Foreign Market Entry Strategy Consultancy, Digital Technology, Rail Transport, SMME’s and Maritime Transport/Ports Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, LPG, CNG and LNG distribution, energy infrastructure, autogas, rail transport and engineering, shipping, strategic consulting services, maritime ports training, AI-Innovation and digitalization. She has worked on projects in South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Mozambique, DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Ghana, Rwanda, Nigeria, Angola, Singapore, Europe and the UK. She also has a solid and hands on experience in the energy knowledge economy, alternative energy solutions in the communities for easy access to gas/cleaner energy. She contributed towards the Africa’s maritime annexure plan for maritime and women in maritime at the African Union in relation to Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050 execution plan. She also conceptualized and launched the first ever portal of African Maritime Affairs that was launched at the African Union.
In particular, Mrs. Selele continues to play a pivotal role in driving the cleaner energy, energy infrastructure, gas market studies, African Ports and Maritime development agenda. She was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing the BRICS Maritime Investment Forum Content & Execution in 2013 Summit which was held in Durban; South Africa focusing on the Maritime agenda. She championed the BRICS Maritime Trade business seminar aimed at leveraging the BRICS partnership with an objective of developing Africa s maritime trade and attracting investment into the maritime industry. She spearheaded the conceptualization/owns and implemented the immensely successful inaugural Africa Maritime Investments Indaba 2013. Ipeleng Selele holds an MSC (Master of Science) in International Strategy majoring in Foreign Market Entry Strategy from the University of London South Bank. She completed an African Leadership Executive Course from Oxford University as part of her TUTU Fellowship as well as a Strategy Execution Qualification from INSEAD, France. She completed a port training executive training in Singapore. She is the Vice President of the Africa-Southeast Asia Chamber of Commerce based in Singapore. She is passionate about entrepreneurship development on the continent. She is the Vice President of African Women in Maritime. and the Chairperson of Women in Maritime in SA. She serves on the BRICS business council infrastructure working committee. She is completing her (MBA) in Oil and Gas in the UK in 2023 as well as a Post Graduate in Mechanics of Renewable Energy with University of Middlesex in the UK. Ipeleng serves on the Telkom, Siemens Energy SA, Mahlako Energy Fund and Satsanga Fintech boards. Ipeleng was awarded the African Industry Personality of the Year Award-2020.
The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) Chief Operating Officer, Tshepo Kgobe is a
multidisciplinary engineer with more than 22 years of extensive experience in managing complex projects and operations with diverse technical requirements in infrastructure, energy and mining; predominantly in the railway environment. Tshepo Kgobe has been in the railway industry since the beginning of his career and although he went into consulting for a while, he ended up back in the railway sector: “You could say I have trains in my veins.”
He started his career as civil engineer in KZN and specialised in rail programme and project management. At the start of his career, he worked in the Durban region as a Perway & Facilities operations line manager. Kgobe was previously in senior engineering management in Metrorail head office in Perway & Structures.
Kgobe joined the GMA in 2014 as the Senior Executive Manager responsible for the Technical Services Unit. This is his second stint on the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project. At the start of Gautrain, he was responsible for the engineering and project management of the trackwork subsystem. He stepped into the post of Chief Operating Officer in 2020 and has a novel commercial vision for the GMA. Over the last four years, he has been the Programme Manager for the Integrated Fare Management, the programme includes the development of a Single ticketing system, a Transport Management Centre, a Data Management Platform and an ITS communications backbone. Through this he has further grown his expertise in the technology space.
He has 12 years’ experience as a director on the board of various companies, where he was responsible for business development, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), Transformation, Corporate Social Investment and Supplier Development.
Tshepo Kgobe has practiced and lived in South Africa; operating in the Rail industry with various local and international companies including the UK, with Corus Rail Consultancy. His international experience gives him the edge to perform on a global scale. He has worked on a series of large-scale multi-disciplinary projects.
Jackwell brings depth of expertise and skills to CDH’s Industrials, Manufacturing & Trade sector from his work across the continent in the mining & minerals, Oil & Gas, energy and natural resources industries, and expertise in advising on international investment law and dispute resolution on the continent.
The Industrials, Manufacturing & Trade sector of CDH provides services to, amongst others, economic industries that will be the catalyst for the future industrialisation of Africa. As part thereof CDH renders services in emerging industries such as clean hydrogen, e-mobility and robotics & automation tapping into the depth of experience and skills of its market leading lawyers.
Mohan is a member of the DBSA’s Group Executive Committee, with accountability for pan-African deal origination/client management. The DBSA’s mandate is sustainable infrastructure development and financing across the African continent. His teams concluded over 20 transactions worth ZAR14bn (~$1bn) in the last financial year.
Mohan’s focus is the intersection of infrastructure and development finance. He is a member of the WEF Global Futures Council on SDG Investments and the OECD-led Fast INFRA initiative. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SADC Development Finance Centre for 2022. Mohan also serves as an adjunct professor of development finance at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Mohan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MSc in Global Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. He completed a BA (Honours) in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University in Chicago, USA
Dr Zamani Saul has been inaugurated as Premier of the Sixth Administration of the Northern Cape Government after the African National Congress (ANC) achieved success in the 2019 General Elections. Dr Saul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and has grown and progressed through the structures of the congress movement from Congress of South African Students (COSAS), South African Student Congress (SASCO), ANCYL to branch, regional and provincial leadership positions in the ANC. He holds a Doctor of Laws in Public Law and Jurisprudence (UWC) and is currently working on his second Doctorate. He also holds two Masters Degrees (LLM and Masters in Development Studies), B. Proc Degree (UWC) as well as a NQF level Certificate in Social Theory (Wits University).
Early in his career he worked as a Candidate Attorney and progressed to work as the Regional Head of Social Security, Head of Ministry and Municipal Manager. Dr Saul possesses a combination of both theoretical and practical knowledge of public administration.
Dr Saul got involved in political activism at a very early age with the Petrusville Youth Congress and later with the Petrusville Civic Movement. As COSAS leader in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s he represented COSAS in the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC). In 1992 he was trained and employed as a para-legal by Petrusville Advice Centre specialising in the protection of farm workers against illegal farm evictions. During the same period he was elected as the first ANC branch secretary in Petrusville after the unbanning of the political party.
He served in the SACP Western Cape Provincial Ideology Committee from 1994 – 1996 and simultaneously served as the chairperson of the UWC SACP branch. He served in the Pixley ka Seme REC and the Regional Working Committee. He was elected to the ANC PEC in 1998 as an additional member and was also appointed as Head of Political Education. In 2004 he was elected as the ANC Deputy Provincial Secretary and in 2008 as the ANC Provincial Secretary. He is currently serving as the Provincial Chairperson of the ANC and as a result, serves as the ex-officio member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
Ebrahim is the founder and CEO of Green Hydrogen Solutions, a company focused on applying technology to the implementation and deployment of Green Hydrogen globally.
Ebrahim has significant hydrogen and gas project development experience focused on the value chains, including with liquefaction and regasification systems, technologies applicable to hydrogen and gas logistics as well as pipeline systems. He has led project and deal financing business development, government and regulatory agency relationships, and deal execution teams covering legal, financial and technical considerations.
Ebrahim’s current focus is on the application of this knowledge to assist companies, organizations and countries to meet Net Zero targets.
Mareli is a senior process engineer and project manager at Zutari, leading the Process and Mechanical Team. Mareli has worked on various projects in Africa, Australia, Europe, America and the Middle East, mostly in the role of technical process lead. She is also involved in projects across several fields, including petrochemical, green process engineering, waste to energy, plasma engineering, emission reduction, fuel handling and gasification.
Mareli has conducted and managed projects in the green and grey hydrogen fields, focusing on using hydrogen as an energy resource in South Africa. She has also published two articles on green process engineering and is currently busy completing her PhD in business development in the decentralised waste management space. Currently, she acts as client manager for the Bidvest Tank Terminals portfolio and as Digital Delivery Manager (DDM) as part of Zutari’s Resources Unit.
Dr Philemon Mjwara holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of the
His academic career includes serving as professor of Science and Technology
Policy at the University of Pretoria, and Physics lectureships at the universities of
the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Fort Hare. Dr Mjwara has published and
presented numerous papers on physics, technology analysis and technology
His professional experience includes working as a director in the former
Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, serving on the National
Advisory Council On Innovation (NACI) and Group Executive for Research and
Development and Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
As part of his many contributions, Dr Mjwara led a team that conducted the South
African Technology Foresight project. The outputs of the project were presented
to President Thabo Mbeki in 2000. His project approach led to a number of
institutions from other parts of the world inviting the core team members to share
their knowledge at conferences in Japan, Austria and Hungary.
He was also asked to participate in the development of scenarios for South Africa
for the years 2004 to 2014. This was run from the office of the President. Dr
Mjwara currently serves as the Director General of the Department of Science
and Innovation (DSI), a position he has held since April 2006. His
responsibilities include the development and implementation of South Africa’s
science, technology and innovation policy. He also serves on various advisory
councils and review boards, including the Board of the World of Platinum of
South Africa and the Square Kilometre Array Organisation.
- Alan started his career working for Cummins more than 20 years ago in Engine Product Development, Controls and Cummins China JV business operation, and then left to work for Motorola, where he led the first development and deployment of their 4G solution. He returned to Cummins in 2011 to lead the Telecom Power start-up business for Power Generation. He then joined Cummins Digital Organization, where he was engaged in Product Planning, Product Development, System-Level Engineering and IoT technology. Alan has a computer science degree, a mechanical engineering degree and a program management certificate.
- During his time leading Global telecom power business, Alan led the development, release and deployment of Cummins 1st battery-genset hybrid product into Telecom cell sites in Myanmar.
- Since 2011, Alan has been a proponent of renewable energy within Cummins and with Cummins customers and partners where he has done strategic project work in fuel cell and hydrogen generation.
He is now leading Cummins new power business for Africa & Middle East Region.
Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz is Head of Division: New Energy Solutions at ENERTRAG, a German
renewable-energy company with activities in wind, solar PV, storage, green hydrogen and grid
infrastructure. His division is responsible for all green hydrogen topics at the organization as well as
the internationalization. Before joining ENERTRAG in 2017, Tobias successfully established and led
the Energy Centre at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He served
on the inaugural South African Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE). Tobias is author of the
book “South Africa’s Energy Transition” that outlines a roadmap for a low-cost, decarbonised and
job-rich future for South Africa’s energy sector. Tobias studied engineering and public administration
in Darmstadt, Berkeley and New York.
Zanele has over 27 years of work experience in the renewable energy industry, mining
industry and financial markets.
Currently CEO of Bambili Energy a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell systems and their sub-
components. On behalf of Bambili, Zanele is:
• Co-leading the development of the fuel cell industry
• Co-developing the first Hydrogen Corridor in South Africa with South African and
international corporations for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and buses
• Co-developing the first Hydrogen Valley in South Africa with the South African
Government and local and international corporations for hydrogen economic hubs
• Lead the creation of the first Hydrogen fuel cell training programme in Africa that has
graduated 35 engineers and technicians
• Previously Head of Financial Markets at the SA Reserve Bank, the unit which manages
country’s foreign reserves and implements of South Africa’s monetary policy.
• Former CEO of Incwala Resources, a platinum mining company in South Africa. Zanele was
also a Co-founder and Director of Dema Group, a majority shareholder in Incwala
• A former Executive Director of Abt Associates Inc, where she co-established its regional
office for southern Africa, where she was responsible for advising the South African
government on the telecommunication and transportation sectors.
• Prior to Abt Associates, Zanele was an Investment Banker at Salomon Brothers and J.P.
Morgan Inc., in New York City, USA.
• Zanele is a graduate of Mills College, Oakland, California, USA.
• Zanele has served as Non-Executive Director and Chairman on several Boards, including
Lonplats, Hollard Insurance, Dema Group, Incwala Resources
• Zanele was nominated as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in
• Zanele was nominated as a African Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Global Leadership
Network & African Leadership Initiative in 2020.
Dr. Natangue Shafudah is a young Namibia academic with passion for Renewable
Energy and Materials Engineering. He is currently a researcher at the Department of
Physics, Chemistry and Material Science, University of Namibia for nearly 10 years. Dr
Shafudah is one of the proponents for the National Green Hydrogen Project,
Coordinating Research Projets at Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute (NGHRI).
He has experience with working with national and international partners at level and is
serving on advisory role for various stakeholders both in the public and private sector. His
qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Physics and Geology – University of Namibia
(2009 – 2012); Masters of Science in Applied Physics – University of Namibia (2013-2015),
and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Nanotechnology – Kogakuin
University, Tokyo, Japan (2017-2020). He has also received Certification on Power to X
project by the international PtX hub, Berlin, 2022. Dr. Shafudah has published 5 peer
reviewed articles on Material Science and Renewable Energy, 13 articles in referred
proceedings and supervised 7 undergraduate students to date. Current research interest
includes, Hydrogen as a fuel, and the Hydrogen value chain.
Dr Sharon Blair has over 25 years of startup experience as an entrepreneur, executive and consultant
in the fields of nanomaterials, batteries and fuel cells as well as co-founder of two fuel cell companies
(Tekion ad HyPlat). She earned her PhD from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
She is Director of HySA Catalysis Centre of Competence and is also CEO of HyPlat (Pty) Ltd and.
HySA Catalysis is a Centre of Competence co-hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and
Mintek and is responsible for the development of catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies for
low temperature fuel cells and electrolysers. The Centre is also responsible for fuel cell systems up to
5kW and to support supply chain development in South Africa, including beneficiation of platinum
HyPlat is a spinoff company from UCT and is commercialising the fuel cell and electrolyser MEAs
from HySA Catalysis.
Ayman Ashour is the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Mobility’s turnkey rail business in the Middle East and Africa and the CEO of the Mobility company in the United Arab Emirates. Over more than two decades in the industry, he has spearheaded and implemented projects that helped transform transportation systems in the region. Among these pioneering projects are the first electronic interlocking in Egypt, the first European Train Control System Level 1 in Saudi Arabia on the Dammam – Riyadh line, and the first catenary-free tram in Qatar Education City where a successful integration between rail and road systems achieved. Recently played major role of the successful High-Speed Deal in Egypt where state of art and innovative technology will be presented in MEA region for the first time.
Tim Carmichael is a Senior Business Development Manager working for the Linde Clean Energy team in Munich developing Green Hydrogen and Ammonia projects internationally.
Mr. Carmichael joined Linde in 20013 as the Project and Business Development Manager for Linde Engineering South Africa where he had a strong track record in developing opportunities in the Sub-Saharan African region across all Linde Engineering product lines.
Prior to joining Linde, Mr. Carmichael worked for Sasol in Secunda, South Africa, Foster Wheeler (now Wood) and Worley Parsons (Now Worley) in the U.K. He is a professional engineer holding a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of the Witwatersrand, an honour’s degree in Control Systems Engineering from Pretoria University, and a Master’s in Business Administration with distinction from Henley Business School in the U.K.
Maidei is an experienced Strategist, Programme Manager and Investment Facilitator
with more than 20 years career experience in both the public and private sector in
Since 2014, Maidei has been with the Gauteng IDZ Development Company, a
government owned Special Purpose Vehicle established to develop and operate the
multi-billion Rand SEZ programme located at OR Tambo International Airport.
In her role as Chief Investment Facilitator, Maidei is responsible for delivering
investments into the OR Tambo International Airport SEZ. In fulfilment of this
function, Maidei oversees the development and implementation of responsive
investor attraction strategies for the SEZ. Key deliverables of the function also
include: attracting and converting concrete investment interests into the SEZ, building
and maintaining strong relations with key public and private sector role players as
well as proactively identifying investment partners and opportunities to deliver this
multi-billion Rand economic development programme.
Prior to joining the Gauteng IDZ, Maidei consulted for various private and public
sector enterprises in different areas of specialization. These include organizational
design, strategy development, economic empowerment solutions, public policy
design and broader project management solutions.
Maidei is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with a major in Industrial
Psychology) from the University of Namibia, a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
as well as certificates in project management, strategic management and corporate
governance from the University of South Africa
Yershen Pillay is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Chemical Industries Education &
Training Authority (CHIETA), a statutory body that facilitates skills development in the
South African chemical industries sector.
We’d like to pitch CHIETA CEO, Yershen Pillay, as a speaker or panelist at the SA Green
Hydrogen Forum in September. He is well poised to be part of the discussion. CHIETA
recently commissioned a comprehensive study of hydrogen power and the hydrogen
economy in South Africa, aimed at assisting the government and companies within the
chemical industries. The CHIETA green hydrogen power study will focus on the collection and analysis of
documents, baseline data, and a literature review on the state of the hydrogen economy in
South Africa. It will culminate in a green hydrogen research report that responds to the
CHIETA is also actively pursuing a green hydrogen research chair position in collaboration
with public institutions, to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the
future development of scarce skills.
Pillay completed his Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc.) in Political Science and Economics.
He then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Business Administration
and Management at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and in 2020, he completed his
Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Pillay has held various prominent positions throughout his career, including being Deputy
Executive Chairperson and then the Executive Chairperson for the National Youth
Development Agency and is the president of the Pan African Youth Union. He has also
served as a board member for various organizations. He currently serves as a board member for
the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL) and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
From April to November 2020, Pillay was the Director of Stakeholder Management for the
Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This position leads organically into his
appointment as CEO of CHIETA.
Ernst is a “Natural Scientist turned Regulatory Lawyer”. Owing to his background in Environmental Sciences, his practice tends to focus on the laws that govern the exploitation of natural resources. In light of this, he also frequently advises clients on matters related to sustainable development and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. He is also well versed in mineral and petroleum, labor, administrative and constitutional, indigenous and customary law, and international as well as general commercial law. In addition to advising clients on the law and law reform processes, he also represents them in negotiations, transactional work, judicial review proceedings, international arbitrations, and high court litigation. The different categories of work typically concern issues that form part of one or more of the different ESG pillars. Ernst’s clients include governments, local communities, non-profit organizations, and multinational organizations. The latter include entities that are listed on the Johannesburg, London, New York, Singapore, and Indian Stock Exchanges and which have operations in various Sub-Saharan African jurisdictions. Ernst is the lead associate in most of the Johannesburg-based corporate team’s ESG and mining-related matters. Many of the matters include strategically important instructions such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s mineral law reform project and the Green Hydrogen Organisation’s Green Hydrogen Contracting and Green Hydrogen
Standard initiatives. Ernst is recognized as a Key Lawyer by Legal500 (Global Green Guide: EMEA, 2022; Mining (South Africa), 2022) and Thought Leader by Mondaq (Environmental Law; Spring 2022). He is also a regular participant at international conferences (most recently the Future Minerals Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and has lectured the LLM (Masters) in Extractive Industries Law in Africa students at the University of Pretoria. Ernst is also the African continent’s representative on:
• The International Bar Association’s United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Social Governance Working Group
• The Net Zero Lawyers Alliances’ Steering Committee Ernst is an admitted attorney in South Africa. He holds an LL.B from the University of Cape Town (2013), an Advanced Certificate in Administrative Law from the University of the Witwatersrand (2019), a B.Sc in Environmental Science (2009), and a B.Sc (HONS) Environmental Analysis and Management (2010) from the University of Pretoria. He is currently enrolled for a Master of Laws (LL.M) dissertation with the University of the Witwatersrand focusing on the intersection between Global Administrative Law and International Human Rights Law
Olaf Schmidt is Manager, Manufacturing, Africa Region at IFC (International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group).
He has done investments across all continents over the past 15 years. His previous responsibilities as Hub Lead for MAS (Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Services) in Western Europe included helping build business with European sponsors across emerging markets and providing global coverage of investments with a variety of instruments including equity, mezzanine finance, and debt.
Before joining IFC in 2003, he worked in strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney in France and Germany and spent two years with OTF Group (formerly Monitor Country Competitiveness) in Africa.
Olaf holds a Business Administration degree from ESSEC, France and Mannheim University, Germany, and a MPA from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Laurent Antoni is Public Affairs manager for hydrogen technologies at CEA Liten, the French research and technology organization developoing alternative energies.
Laurent Antoni is since 2016 President of Hydrogen Europe Research, the European research association on hydrogen and fuel cells gathering more than 100 universities and research institutes, member of the Governing Board of the European Clan Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
He is also President of the Technical Committee of Fuel Cells at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC/TC105) and a national representative in different working groups of international organizations (IEA Advanced Fuel Cells, IEA Hydrogen TCP, International Partnership for Hydrogen and fuels cells in the Economy – IPHE).
He contributes to several peer reviewed books and publications.
Chigozie Nweke-Eze is an economic geographer working on energy, infrastructures, and large-scale projects in Africa. In this area of specialization, he has researched and consulted for several entities in the public and private sector for more than 10 years. He is currently working at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, where he is the component lead for Africa Hydrogen in the GET Hydrogen research project funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Marcus is the CEO of Africa Practice, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to developing inclusive markets that work for underserved communities in Africa. He has twenty-five years’ experience capacitating organizations to co-create solutions that address complex business and development challenges and unlock value.
Marcus is a member of the SADC Investment Subcommittee advisory council and a Director of Alkebulan – a financial advisory firm that supports African companies to access growth capital. He has served as an adviser to the NEPAD secretariat, the African Mining Vision secretariat, the African Union Commission, Make Poverty History, and several government ministries and agencies.
Prior to founding Africa Practice in 2003, Marcus served as director of international affairs for an NYSE-listed firm advising governments on how to secure preferential terms of trade and attract investment.
Prof. Anicia Peters is the Chairperson of the Namibia Presidential Task Force on the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development at the University of Namibia; and co-established the Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute hosted at the University of Namibia. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). Prof. Peters is also the founder of the Africa Human-Computer Interaction (AfriCHI) Conference series and serves currently in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Steering Committee and is Technical Program Co-Chair for the ACM CHI 2023 Conference. Prof. Peters consults for the World Health Organization and World Bank on digital health and digital government platforms. She is passionate about inclusive technology design and development, especially for African contexts and has received a number of awards and accolades for her research and advocacy work in technology. She focuses currently on R&D, skills development, and digital technologies for Green Hydrogen across production and its entire value chain.
Gina Lagunes is the Head of the German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office. With a background in Energy Engineering, she has dedicated her career to international cooperation in the area of renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy services and climate change. From technical advisory for investment projects to policy advice, she has supported many cities and countries across the globe to increase the sustainability of their energy systems. She has also advised the German Government in the development of a cooperation agenda with Mexico. She is passionate about sustainable energy and its geopolitical and economic implications, and a firm believer in green hydrogen’s potential to decarbonize the economy.
Dr. Rebecca Maserumule is currently the Acting Deputy Director-General: Technology
Innovation at the National Department of Science and Innovation. The Technology Innovation
The program is responsible for promoting technology development and valorization of intellectual
property emerging from the National System of Innovation. The Technology Innovation
The program is also responsible for promoting awareness and best practices in intellectual property
for innovation with socio-economic impact.
Dr. Rebecca Maserumule is also Chief Director: Of hydrogen and Energy at the National
Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa. Her responsibilities include the
implementation of the National Energy Science Technology and Innovation Plan which includes
DSI energy flagship programs of Hydrogen South Africa, Energy Storage RDI Programme,
Renewable Energy Hubs and Spokes and the Coal CO2 to X RDI Programme. The goal of the
Energy Science Technology and Innovation Plan are to support South Africa towards a just and
inclusive net-zero carbon economic growth for societal wellbeing by 2050. The implementation
of key policies in partnership with key stakeholders such as the Hydrogen Society Roadmap
which was recently launched in February 2022 is core to her duties.
Rebecca holds a Doctorate in Mathematics with a focus on computational fluid dynamics from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Before joining the Department of Science
and Innovation she worked for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy as an Industrial
Energy Efficiency Specialist and a Demand Modelling Specialist supporting the development of
policies such as the Integrated Energy Plan and the National Energy Efficiency Strategy. Her
early working career was spent as a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial
Research focuses on using models to analyze the impact of climate change on water resources.
Dr Zivayi Chiguvare is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Material
Science, as well as the Acting Director of the Namibia Green Hydrogen Research Institute, a
national institute hosted at the University of Namibia. From 2013 to June 2017 he was the
Director of Namibia Energy Institute, a government funded national institute, at the Namibia
University of Science and Technology. He holds a Doctor of Sciences degree in Physics
attained at the University of Oldenburg in Germany with a Magna Cum Laude, completed in
2005, where he specialized in photovoltaics. He understudied the UNDP GEF Solar Project
PV Expert, at the Project Management Unit, for one year (1997) during which they set up a
PV test and measurement lab, and established design, installation and inspection
procedures for PV home systems in Zimbabwe. He was a Meteorologist (1997-9) and
participated in energy studies for Climate Change communications for the UNFCCC. In 1999
he became the Renewable Energy Programme Coordinator at the Faculty of Engineering of
the University of Zimbabwe for several years, where he was a lecturer for more than 8 years
(1999-2006). As Coordinator of the programme he liaised with the Government of Zimbabwe
and stakeholders such as international non-governmental organisations, industry and end-
users, and advised on renewable energy issues. In 2006 he became a Projects Manager
within the Zimbabwe National Biodiesel Project, for more than two years. At the end of 2008
he joined the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as a lecturer, where he
participated in the setting up of solar cell and nanotechnology research laboratories,
supervised postgraduate students and taught a variety of undergraduate courses, including
Physics for building Sciences. He is author of 2 books/monograms, 6 chapters in published
books, more than 24 papers in internationally refereed Scientific Journals, with 1083
cumulative citations, and 26 papers in refereed international conference proceedings.
Dr Nicholas Musyoka is a Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry and currently finalising a Masters in Technology and Innovation Management (MTIM). He has close to ten years of experience in the hydrogen technology space. He is a Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellow, a C2-rated National Research Foundation (NRF) scientist and an affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Dr Musyoka leads several hydrogen storage and production technology development projects with a special focus on green methanol, composite cylinders, and biogenic ‘biogas-derived: Turquoise’ hydrogen production.
Sivakumar Pasupathi (Siva) is the Director for HySA systems competence centre,
one of three centres under Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) national frontier
programme. He has over 20 years experience in hydrogen and fuel cell technology
covering from component development up to system integration. He is also a
Director at Cape Stack (Pty) Ltd, a start-up specialising in the manufacturing of
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell stacks for utility, fleet and heavy duty vehicles.
Siva obtained his PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy in the field of fuel cells and
has worked in renowned laboratories globally, including SAIAMC since 2005.
Siva is driving the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at HySA
Systems with a focus on the commercialization of the products emanating from the
RDI, having demonstrated various prototypes in this area.
He has organized various conferences/workshops/seminars including a National
South African Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain Workshop with the participation
of over 30 companies and SMMEs and chaired and organised the first international
conference on Hydrogen and Fuel cells in South Africa, with participation from
leading researchers and businesses globally.
He has published over 100 publications including high impact factor journals and 13
patents and counting. He was an invited speaker at several conferences and
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IMIESA is the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa’s official publication, concentrating on engineering and building. The journal is the most significant source of business intelligence for the infrastructure sector, containing vital information for municipal engineers, consulting and civil engineers, as well as civil engineering contractors. It also provides critical knowledge for municipal managers and senior public officials involved in all aspects of infrastructure development, allowing them to make better judgments. Within the construction industry, they concentrate on infrastructure development, maintenance, utility management, and service delivery. IMIESA is published monthly, with a combined November/December edition.
South Africa’s transition to what has been termed the new gold – the green economy –will ensure vast benefits for the people of the country, as well as the African Continent. But it will require significant investment in skills development for roles that currently do not exist.
The current reliance on fossil fuels effectively means having to maintain existing networks to ensure the provision of services reliant on coal while at the same time preparing for the rapidly approaching future skills roadmap. For this, we will require a new breed of technicians- installers, electricians, chemical and electrical engineers, plant managers, and materials handlers – all equipped with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of hydrogen and hydrogen-related products. New job titles that demonstrate this need for wide-ranging skills include fuel cell fabrication and testing technicians, hydrogen energy systems designers and hydrogen pipeline construction workers. These are just a few examples from a report in the Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability journal. Still, it demonstrates that many jobs require different skills and education than current jobs. Our responsibility as the CHIETA is to assess training requirements so that the demand from this rapidly growing part of the economy is sufficiently met. As hydrogen is cross-sectoral, we look forward to partnering with other SETAs in energy and manufacturing, and our industry partners to proactively identify and fulfill the skills gap.
Green energy estimates from the United Nations suggest that governments will annually spend between USD$ 380 million and USD$ 680 million on renewable energy infrastructure. Investing in developing the future skillset is paramount for seizing new opportunities with the global green hydrogen market expected to reach $89.18 billion by 2030.
South Africa’s long-term plan to move from a carbon-intensive to a greener and cleaner economy is underpinned by the Just Energy Transition (JET) Framework, which sets out the skills development, economic diversification, social support, governance, and finance mechanisms required to make the low carbon economy a reality.
As part of the framework, the future will be one of a massive expansion of renewable energy, battery storage, new energy vehicles, green minerals, and the hydrogen economy.
Mindful of the proximity in relations between South Africa and her neighbors, gains made from this will naturally have a spinoff for the Continent, which is also driven by the African Union Green Recovery Action Plan (AU-GRAP) launched on 15 July 2021.
From 2021 to 2027, under the leadership of the African Union and in partnership with the AU Member States and international partners, the AU-GRAP will provide, among others, an opportunity for countries to take action in five priority areas. These include: Climate finance, including increasing flows, efficiency, and impact of funding; Supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and national Just Transition programs; Nature-based solutions and focus on biodiversity through work on sustainable land management, forestry, oceans, and ecotourism; Resilient agriculture, by focusing on inclusive economic development and green jobs; and, Green and resilient cities, including a focus on water (flooding and water resources) and enhancing information, communication, and technology.
This is significant given that it has already been detailed that Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most significant “access to energy” deficit. There are more than 600 million people without access to electricity, while another 850 million citizens do not have clean cooking facilities. Ironically, the sun shines in Africa, where there is the underexploited potential of renewable energy sources (wind, solar, hydropower, etc.).
Admittedly, the African Union has a challenge on its hands, but critically the key steps have been taken to tackle the challenge head-on, with emphasis on cleaner, sustainable and secure energy access, maximizing renewable energy sources as part of the energy transition. To this end, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has already embarked on an 18-month research project: A comprehensive study of hydrogen power in SA which will assist us in supporting the Hydrogen Economy, identifying growth areas for skills and economic development.
The study, which is already underway, is being conducted in partnership with research groups and is aimed at not only our skills development targets but also the government and companies of all sizes within the chemical industries.
A comprehensive study of hydrogen power will focus on collecting and analyzing documents, baseline data, and a literature review on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa. It will also examine producing a green hydrogen research report that responds to the project’s objectives.
Furthermore, we are working on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub- sector. This will allow us to identify the top-10 skills in the green hydrogen economy and close the hydrogen skills gap by ensuring that talent is locally produced.
It’s also encouraging to note that one of our member companies, Sasol, is already playing a leading role in the green hydrogen economy through its research partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Northern Cape Economic Development and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA). CHIETA will soon collaborate with NCEDA to ensure a well-coordinated and shared response to skills planning for the green hydrogen economy.
The feasibility study for the production of green hydrogen in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being conducted at Boegoebaai, a port located in the local municipality of Richtersveld. Sasol hopes to establish the port as a global center for green hydrogen production as our biggest member company and most significant skills levy contributor.
Through projects and initiatives such as Sasol’s Boegoebaai research, a roadmap is being crafted that will stand the chemical industry in good stead and position the country as a global leader in the production of green hydrogen energy.
As the chemical industry, we have a significant role to play in what is undoubtedly the next step in the evolution of renewable energy, not only on the continent but across the globe – in line with the example set by the President and the leading initiative currently driven by the African Union.
Green, if harnessed smartly, could indeed become the new gold, provided it is premised on a better life for all as part of a cleaner, greener future in South Africa – and on the African continent.
Gautrain is the first rapid rail system in South Africa, that links Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metropolitans. It includes a designated link to the OR Tambo International Airport in the Gauteng Province.
The total route, which includes ten stations and 80 km of track, is available seven days a week between 05:30 am and 08:30 pm. Passengers can buy their Gautrain swift cards at any Gautrain station or use their EMV bank cards to enter in and out of the Gautrain fare gates and buses. Gautrain’s integrated ticketing system allows passengers to pay for their train and bus rides, and for parking at stations. The Gautrain buses and midibus services are available to transport passengers to and from all stations excluding the OR Tambo station.
TÜV SÜD is a trusted partner of choice for safety, security and sustainability solutions. Over the last 150 years, we have offered a comprehensive portfolio of testing, certification, auditing, training and advisory services. Headquartered in Munich, Germany with a global presence across 1000 locations, today, we are represented by more than 24,500 employees. Our community of experts are passionate about technology, sustainable growth and progress and is inspired by the possibilities of industry. In South Africa, through a network of offices and a talent pool of experts with global exposure and local know-how, we have been catering to the industry requirements with our inspection, auditing, training, certification and advisory portfolio since 2010. TÜV SÜD, is committed to applying its vast expertise and experience with hydrogen and related technologies to support the development of safe, secure and reliable hydrogen energy solutions. TÜV
SÜD has experience over the whole value chain of hydrogen and life cycle of hydrogen technologies and are proud to support and work with organisations like: Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe, CertifHy, DWV, Dii & Mena Hydrogen Alliance, VdTÜV Task Force Wasserstoff, United Nations GTR 13 Phase II Task Force 3, DIN Normenausschuss Gastechnik / Wasserstofftechnologie (DIN NA 032- 03-06 AA), ISO TC 197 WG 30 / ISO 19887 and many others. Our experts have accompanied numerous successful and innovative projects over the past decades. With efforts to achieve a carbon-free economy in South Africa receiving much attention, TÜV SÜD is well-poised and building local expertise for hydrogen services to support industry’s transition towards decarbonised energy system.
TÜV SÜD South Africa (Pty) Ltd was established in May 2010. Committed to investment and empowerment in South Africa, it is a fully compliant B-BBEE company with partners Kapela
Investments (Pty) Ltd. It is headquartered in Cape Town, with regional offices in Johannesburg and Middelburg and employs approximately 500 people.
Our focus is to continue progressing the shift to incremental natural gas as a transition feedstock for our Southern African value chain, as well as advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, Sustainable Aviation Fuel and green hydrogen opportunities.
In our pursuit in our ambition to be Net Zero by 2050 we need to secure substantial amounts of renewable energy. By 2030, we plan to procure 1 200 MW. As a start, we are procuring 600 MW jointly with Air Liquide. The projects to supply the first 150-300 MW of wind and solar energy are on track to deliver electrons for 2025 or earlier. Renewable energy is also being procured for green hydrogen production at our Sasolburg site. We expect to conclude negotiations for these renewable energy power purchase agreements soon.
Looking at other low-carbon enablers, green hydrogen remains a key focus. In Sasolburg, the final investment decision for our green hydrogen project was taken swiftly with the aim of producing the first green hydrogen volumes by end-2023
We are also playing a leading role in coastal green ammonia export through the Boegoebaai study. We have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Northern Cape Development Agency, to lead the pre-feasibility study, already underway, to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as an export hub for green hydrogen via an ammonia carrier.
How Sasol has responded to decarbonisation and adaptation:
• Started pursuing demonstration opportunities and partnerships as well as exploring repurposing assets to unlock green hydrogen opportunities. This includes work on ecomobility, the HyShiFT Consortium on cleaner aviation fuels and our partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation to develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy.
• Established Sasol ecoFT to provide Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and related sustainable chemicals solutions. Concluded four Memorandums of Understanding to advance feasibility studies relating to SAF production opportunities in Sweden and Germany. Engaging potential ecosystem partners to pursue competitive SAF opportunities using Sasol’s FT technology across the globe.
• Signed agreements with Northern Cape Development Agency to lead the pre-feasibility study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as an export hub for green hydrogen via ammonia as a carrier.
• Signed agreements with Gauteng provincial government to leverage special economic zones to unlock green hydrogen market potential.
• With gas a crucial transitionary energy source to lower Sasol’s emissions, we prioritised sourcing LNG. Partnered with CEF and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) to explore, optimise gas supply and pool demand to lower the cost of gas into the region.
• Approved the first commercial-scale green hydrogen project at Sasolburg complex. Facility will produce 3,5 tons of green hydrogen a day from existing electrolysers by end 2023.
We are shaping the development of South Africa’s green hydrogen ecosystem, which includes applications in fuel cell hydrogen mobility, reigniting the steel industry and creating a global sustainable aviation hub at OR Tambo International Airport. The re-purposing of existing assets presents opportunities to fulfil the growing demand for sustainable products.
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The AHP is the only continent-wide African umbrella association solely dedicated to the development of green and natural hydrogen, hydrogen based chemicals,
fuel cell technology and related business opportunities in Africa. The AHP covers the whole African continent and all African nations. In order to form the strongest
possible international alliance for utilizing Africa’s hydrogen potential and creating green wealth, organizations from anywhere in the world are welcome to join the AHP
Wesgro is the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro assists investors and businesses looking to branch out into the province. Regardless of the sector a company operates in – be it green economy, technology, agriculture or another sector – Cape Town and the Western Cape have all the elements necessary to make your investment a success. The Western Cape is a region of unlimited potential, and this translates into unlimited opportunity. Wesgro offers expertise and assistance to those looking to travel, invest, film or trade in Cape Town and the Western Cape.
Think Different About Energy! We combine big data and AI with innovative technologies to develop lower-than-average cost projects that produce green hydrogen at competitive prices linked to demand.
We develop solutions to advance our technology and projects that will move the world to Net Zero, and these solutions will provide companies, communities, cities and countries in the developed and developing world with the tools needed to rethink energy, fuels and chemicals. Purpose, People, Environment.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa is one of the leading development financial institutions on the continent. Our primary purpose is delivering impactful development finance solutions that ignite transformative change in South Africa and on the rest of the African continent. Improving the quality of life of people in Africa is the fundamental focus of our development impact.
The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC) is a national
Development Finance Institution (DFI). It was established in 1940 to promote
economic growth and industrial development in South Africa. Our mandate includes the rest of the African continent and we are active throughout the entire region. We operate in a broad spectrum of industries and with our specialized knowledge and experience, are able to offer valid and appropriate financial assistance to a wide variety of individuals and companies. We are committed to maintaining our financial independence and applying sound business principles to everything we do. The IDC provides financing to entrepreneurs engaged in competitive industries, follows normal company policies and procedures in its operations; pays income tax at corporate rates and dividends to its shareholder; and reports on a consolidated basis, with its Annual Report freely available to the
Mining Business Africa is a high-quality Mining Resources Magazine that is distributed throughout the Southern, Western, Central, and East African regions, as well as internationally, in both print and digital formats. The publication discusses current events ranging from exploration through mine closure and restoration. The bimonthly newspaper provides well-researched news, opinion pieces, and Brownfield and Greenfield projects throughout Africa.
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The SUB-SAHARA MINING AND INDUSTRIAL JOURNAL (SSMĲ) is a prominent quarterly
publication that has become a marketplace, communication hub and news source for
advancing the mining and Industrial business in Sub-Sahara Africa. The journal serves an
advanced and inventive resource for manufactures, exporters, traders and distributors to
market their products and provides an easy access for local and international companies to
reach their potential buyers and distributors. If you currently exporting and you are
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Founded in 2004, Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd (GAN) is a publishing company based in Cape Town, producing print and electronic business-to-business publications. GAN currently publishes a series of 11 annual print journals profiling each of South Africa’s nine provinces as business and investment destinations, together with a national title, South African Business, an annual business and investment guide to the country. In 2020, GAN launched African Business – an annual guide to business and investment in
Africa and included additional titles into their fold, including the quarterly Opportunity and Blue Chip journals. The monthly digital newsletter, TradeInvestAfrica, promotes business, trade, and investment in Africa. Find all publications as downloadable e-books here.
Visit us: https://www.globalafricanetwork.com/ and https://www.southafricanbusiness.co.za/