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.

Mercia Grimbeek

Position: Chair
Name Mercia Grimbeek
Role (within SAWEA) Chair
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

Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Position: CEO
Name Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Role (within SAWEA) CEO
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 14 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.

Katherine Persson

Position: Treasurer
Name Katherine Persson
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Treasurer
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.
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Toni Beukes

Name Toni Beukes
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa For wind energy to play an increasingly significant role in our energy mix over the next few decades.
What makes SAWEA relevant? SAWEA’s mandate for renewable energy advocacy is well defined; and whilst this should no doubt continue, I would argue that the association’s most immediate task (as custodian of a growing wind sector), is to play an active and meaningful role in the national effort to find solutions to ensuring a just energy transition. This would affirm its relevance in the current socio-economic climate and national energy crisis.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? Because together we can do so much more.
Employment / Company / Designation Renewable Energy Sales Leader Southern Africa, GE Renewable Energy: Onshore Wind
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 12 years experience in energy and oil & gas
Role within the industry OEM

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.
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Dhesen Moodley

Name Dhesen Moodley
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa To position SA as the hub to export our wind energy experience, skills, and manufacturing into Africa.
What makes SAWEA relevant? SAWEA represents an industry with the potential to make a meaningful contribution to national objectives such as job creation and transformation during the energy transition.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? You can be involved in shaping and influencing the direction of the industry, understand different perspectives better, and hopefully grow your own business with better industry insight.
Employment / Company / Designation Managing Director, Globeleq South Africa Management Services
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 14
Role within the industry General management of Globeleq’s asset management business that manages 8 renewable IPPS in South Africa. Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of IPP projects solely focused on Africa, that owns, operates and manages 13 power plants in 5 countries with a total installed capacity of 1.4 GW.
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Mark Tanton

Name Mark Tanton
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa My vision is to add significantly more MW’s to the South African electricity network in a way that appropriately marries the broader needs of South Africa with those of commercial entities active in the market.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
The wind industry is already a significant industrial block in the South African economy.  The scale of which will increase significantly over time.  SAWEA is the custodian on this industry and as such its relevance is not to be underestimated.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? To facilitate the growth of the wind industry and long term sustainability requires a focused engagement with government.  This is best done via consensus and a collective approach that only an industry body can do.  To ensure that your voice is truly heard you need to be inside the discussion and actively participate in SAWEA.
Employment / Company / Designation Red Cap Energy – CEO
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 17 years
Role within the industry Developer and Investor
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