Board of Governers

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.

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 charter (2018).
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Hein Reyneke

Position: Chair
Name Hein Reyneke
Role (within SAWEA) Board chairperson. Member of the Board
Vision for Wind power in South Africa To power the economy at lowest cost while stimulating a new rise of social energy in die platteland.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
Without active, pragmatic contributing members SAWEA cannot drive the wind agenda to secure a future powered by renewables.
Employment / Company / Designation General Manager, Mainstream South Africa
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 12 years
Role within the industry Leading one of the biggest and most successful players in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, active in development, financing, construction and operation of utility scale renewable energy plant.

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. – Board member
Acciona Windpower South Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Board member
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 energy provider in South Africa having successfully installed five operational windfarms in the country 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.

Boitumelo Kiepile

Name Boitumelo Kiepile (Mr.)
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member (Observer Status)
Member of Policy and Markets Working Group
Vision for Wind power in South Africa To realise a thriving wind industry that contributes to the transformation of the energy sector in South Africa. Both from a participation and energy generation point of views.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA has a role to play in the promotion of the wind power industry focusing on investment, skills, technology development, and transformation.
Employment / Company / Designation Enel Green Power RSA (Pty) Ltd
Head: Regulatory Affairs – South Africa
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 10 years’ experience in energy sector and other network based industries.
Role within the industry Promoting and advocating for conducive policy and regulatory environment that will support greater investment in the wind industry whilst contribution to the economic development and socio-economic development in South Africa.
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Mary Waller

Name Mary Waller
Role (within SAWEA) Member of the Board
Vision for Wind power in South Africa A large-scale wind power industry in South Africa will bring about significant benefits to SA and our people: job creation through enterprise development in local communities and the establishment of a local RE manufacturing sector, socio-economic development in local communities, investment into SA’s economy and is in line with our climate change objectives for clean renewable energy power.
What makes SAWEA relevant?
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
SAWEA is a leading association in SA’s energy sector, and is at the forefront of driving change and growth in the SA wind and RE industry. For any company, organization or individual who wishes to be contribute and be a part of our growing RE industry, SAWEA is the perfect platform for collaboration, and driving change and growth.
Employment / Company / Designation African Clean Energy Developments – Manager
Years of experience in energy or related sectors 11 years
Role within the industry I am part of an RE development team at ACED, which is an SA RE development company. I am passionate about renewable energy development in SA and globally, about influencing policy within the SA RE sector to foster growth of the industry, and about RE project investment into socio-economic development and enterprise development investment in local communities.
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Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Name Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Role (within SAWEA) Board Member and Chair of Manufacturers and Local Content Working Group.
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.
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Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Name Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Role (within SAWEA) TBD
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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Tebogo Movundlela

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.