Energy Forum

Chairperson:             Masego Seane (Head of Regulatory Services: Minerals, Energy and Technology – Sasol Ltd.)

Vice-Chairperson:   Merlyn Adams (Project Manager – Afri-Sky Holdings)

Launched in 2012, the Energy  Forum focuses on issues and news relevant to the energy sector. Discussion topics are held on subjects such as renewable and affordable energy, the energy crisis and energy solutions. The Forum keeps business up to date with the latest energy developments, global energy insights and the implications for South Africa, and identifies obstacles and challenges in the business environment.


  1. To promote the establishment of an open, free and fair market system for the buying and selling of energy products, enabling access to affordable electricity for all citizens and businesses;
  2. To support efforts to improve skills development, training, job creation and any other interventions we can impact on; and
  3. To highlight and safeguard the importance of the role of liquid fuels in South Africa

Past Speakers have included:

  • Kishan Pillay, Director: Up- & Midstream Oil & Gas Division at the dti, on “The dti’s Gas Industrialisation Strategy”
  • Piet van Staden, Alternate Deputy Chairperson at the Energy Intensive Users Group South Africa (EIUG), on “The Unbundling of Eskom: An EIUG Perspective”
  • Eskom representatives on the current electricity scenario in SA
  • Wendy Poulton, General Manager at Eskom, and Chose Choeu, Divisional Executive: Corporate Affairs at Eskom, on “Eskom’s Strategy Review 2018”
  • Tumi Leie, Analyst at Gaia Infrastructure Projects, on “Looking to renewable energy programmes for short- to mid-term solutions to the water crisis”
  • Natalie Naidoo, VP at Sasol Group Strategy Enablement & Execution, on “Digitalisation and its impact on energy”
  • Andrew Gilder, co Director at Climate Legal, and Mansoor Parker, Tax Executive at ENSafrica, on carbon tax
  • Dr Rod Crompton, former manager at the Department of Minerals & Energy, on “The role of gas and energy planning in South Africa”
  • Sedick Davis, Nuclear specialist and General Manager at the Koeberg Nuclear Plant on “Nuclear and what it means for SA”
  • Nhlanhla Gumede, Former DDG at the Department of Minerals & Energy, on Eskom as a single-buyer of electricity
  • Marion Hughes, General Manager: Stakeholder Management at Eskom, on Eskom’s achievements for 2015/16
  • Paul Vermeulen, DSM & SSM Manager of City Power on “Embedded Power Generation”
  • Silas Zimu, Special Advisor on Energy to President Jacob Zuma, on “Electricity in South Africa and where we are headed”
  • Elsa Strydom, Senior Project Manager at the IPP Office, on “The IPP Office’s mandate and an update on the IPP projects”
  • Steve Hedden, Researcher at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) on the ISS research article titled “Business urged to pay attention to South Africa’s water risks and opportunities”
  • Johan van den Berg, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), on “Pricing and rates for IPPs”
  • Mbulelo Ncetezo, Executive Manager: Electricity Division at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), on “Eskom’s proposed electricity tariffs and how the electricity regulation is applied”
  • Leonardo Manus, Chief Director: Infrastructure at the Department of Water & Sanitation, on the current water situation in South Africa
  • Frank Spencer, Business Development Consultant at First Solar, on “The Quiet Revolution: Solar Power in the electricity crisis”

Copies of these presentations can be accessed here.

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