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) Board Member
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.

Boitumelo Kiepile

Name Boitumelo Kiepile
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa The wind industry will not only deliver energy to South Africa. It will deliver energy in a transformative and sustainable manner taking into account socio-economic needs of South Africans, working together with all relevant stakeholders, including Government, the business community, the entire renewable energy sector,  and most importantly, the communities where wind power plants are located.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
As an Association, we facilitate the dialogue between our Members and government, on one hand, and also amongst our members, on the other hand, in order to find transformational energy solutions that are beneficial to the South African economy.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? To take advantage of a stronger and informed voice on matters relating to the development and growth of the wind industry in South Africa and Africa.
Employment / Company / Designation Enel Green Power RSA (Pty) Ltd. Head: Regulatory Affairs
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 10 Years
Role within the industry Responsible for the analysis of, and finding, optimal regulatory and policy frameworks that will transform and reform the energy sector and enable the provision of energy to user sectors in a reliable and affordable manner.

Rafiq Ebrahiem

Name Rafiq Ebrahiem
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member
Vision for Wind power in South Africa To continue to enable growth by providing much needed megawatts whilst at the same time contributing towards transformation within the sector and country.
What makes SAWEA relevant? The energy sector within the South Africa is at a crossroads with policies being developed that will shape the future of the sector and SAWEA needs to play a vital role in this regard both at a macro level as well as a micro and grassroots level. SAWEA is well positioned with an active voice in this process, positioning the wind energy sector for growth while supporting national priorities such as transformation, job creation and rural development.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member? I believe that in order to make a difference you need to participate and as such would encourage interested parties to become members and to provide their input and ideas.
Employment / Company / Designation Globeleq South Africa Management Services / Finance Director
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 4 years
Role within the industry

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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