Board of Governance

SAWEA operates as a common law, voluntary not-for-profit association that represents the South African wind industry. Members include national and international entities active across the wind power supply chain. SAWEA holds an Annual General Meeting in the third quarter of the year. At the AGM a six-member Board of governors is selected based on member nominations. The appointed Board then selects a Chair from its ranks. The Board is primarily concerned with issues of governance and strategy. The National office is headed up by a CEO who is responsible for all operational matters. Thematic work on Policy & markets, operational Assets, Environment, Manufacturing & local content and Technical issues of Wind power generation is undertaken by Working Groups. Collectively the Board, the National office and the Working groups contribute to the realisation of SAWEA’s vision and purpose.

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Tebogo Movundlela

Position: Chair
Name Tebogo Movundlela
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Deputy Chair – Assets Working Group
Vision for Wind power in South Africa Wind Power to be the lead provider of clean, reliable & affordable energy and for the industry to be a key player in inclusive socio-economic transformation & growth.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA is a platform for the sustainable development of the Wind sector in South Africa. Members have access to industry wide expertise and contacts from which to leverage off.
Employment / Company / Designation Aurora Wind Power – Chief Executive Officer
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 5 years
Role within the industry Tebogo’s contribution towards “powering” the development of Africa began in 2013 where she was intimately involved in the construction of the West Coast 1 – 94MW renewable wind powered facility in the role of Chief Financial Officer. She now leads the team responsible for the ongoing operations and asset management of the facility. Through her experience she has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of ENGIE Southern Africa’s finance department as well as the financial close of Kathu Solar Park, a 100 MW CSP facility.

Anne Henschel

Position: Treasurer
Name Anne Henschel
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Treasurer
Vision for Wind power in South Africa South Africa has the potential to be a global leader in the Renewable Energy Sector and the wind industry will play a crucial role in transforming the social and economic environment of all South Africans.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA is the voice of South Africa’s wind industry. As a member you are guaranteed invaluable networking opportunities and local industry exposure which will greatly benefit your organisation.
Employment / Company / Designation Nordex Energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Managing Director / Board of Directors
Acciona Windpower South Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Member Board of Directors
Nordex Education Trust – Trustee
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 17 years
Role within the industry The Nordex Group is the leading wind system provider in South Africa having successfully won 9 REIPPP contracts for wind turbine manufacturing and service maintenance, of which 5 projects are fully operational. With over 1 Gigawatt, this is the highest amount of wind capacity provided by one wind system manufacturer, in South Africa, to date.

Together with the experienced local team, we are supporting the growing renewable energy industry and transforming the lives of the South African people.

Brenda Martin: CEO

Brenda Martin

Position: CEO
Name Brenda Martin
Role (within SAWEA) CEO
Vision for Wind power in South Africa Wind power, as a clean, affordable and plentiful renewable power option contributes optimally to South Africa’s socio-economic development.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA works to ensure that long-term, sustained Wind power investment is achieved within the energy transition, and that member interests are aligned with national developmental objectives.
Employment / Company / Designation SAWEA
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 20 years within the SSA development sector; 12 of these years focused on energy.
Role within the industry Coordinator of the successful campaign to resume the national renewables procurement programme (2016-2018); Coordinator of the Wind Industry transformation commitment statement (2018).

Katherine Persson

Name Katherine Persson
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa That the industry can be a vector for quick and effective economic transformation and social upliftment, and that South Africa can set the global standard for wind energy best practice and sustainability in development, implementation and operation.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA is the voice of the wind energy industry in South Africa. As a collective we are stronger than individual stakeholders and SAWEA has overcome many challenges through the combined efforts and skills of the members. Any organisation or individual that wants to stay in step with rapid changes in the industry, and be part of wind energy’s growing footprint in South Africa, should be a member and should contribute to SAWEA’s activities and discussions.
Employment / Company / Designation General Manager: Africa for Windlab.
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 14 years in renewable energy
Role within the industry Developer and IPP across Southern and East Africa.

Mercia Grimbeek

Name Mercia Grimbeek
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa My vision is to see wind power continuing to be a positive driver of transformation and growth in South Africa.
What makes SAWEA relevant? SAWEA is more relevant than ever today. It is imperative to have a strong industry body to drive policy within the industry and promote the benefits of clean energy.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? The value of collective thinking and learning in a nascent industry is critical. SAWEA membership enables and facilitates these initiatives.
Employment / Company / Designation 3yrs / Mainstream Renewable Power / Compliance Manager.
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 7 years
Role within the industry
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Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Name Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa The 100% renewables vision means that wind power will play a significant role in the future energy system.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA is the voice of the wind energy industry in South Africa and a significant link between industry and government.
Employment / Company / Designation Research Group Leader: Energy Industry, CSIR Energy Centre.
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 12 Years
Role within the industry I have played a role in the policy and research environments of promoting the development of local renewable energy industry, local manufacturing of equipment, development of SMMEs and ensuring broad economic impact of the renewable energy industry.

Thor Corry

Name Thor Corry
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa That wind energy takes its rightful place in the South African energy mix, helps to build capacity in local upstream markets and brings transformational change to communities through sustainable socio economic and enterprise development programmes.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA represents the single most credible platform for industry participants and stakeholders to engage to share relevant experience, find solutions to common problems and provide a meaningful voice for advocacy.
Employment / Company / Designation AIIM Investment Principal
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 6 years
Role within the industry Investment Principal at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) and Board member on a number of REIPPP Round 1, 2, 3 and 4 IPPs.
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Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Name Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa Together with solar, the new bulk energy provider in a least-cost, decarbonized, job rich, people’s owned South African energy system.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
The renewables industry needs strong associations to represent its interests and to speak with one voice. SAWEA has proven to be the trusted partner for South African policymakers to be that voice in the wind industry.
Employment / Company / Designation ENERTRAG SA (Pty) Ltd., Director
Years of experience in energy or related sectors > 10 years
Role within the industry Dr Bischof-Niemz was the founding Head of the Energy Centre at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and previously worked for Eskom on the South African Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). He is now Head of Corporate Business Development at ENERTRAG AG, a German renewable-energy company with 5 GW of wind turbines under operation and activities in solar, batteries, hydrogen, microgrids and renewable transportation and heating/cooling. Dr Bischof-Niemz was appointed as member of the inaugural Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (“MACE”) by the then South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.