Whilst the industry is in the throes of finalising REIPPPP BW5 submissions, which are due soon (16 August 2021), we are reminded of the role that women play in our industry. In fact, many teams, working on these submissions will include pioneering women who are striving to help make our industry better, larger, more transformative, and more resilient than ever. These women lead Development, Finance, HR, Economic Development and other key roles across the value chain.
So, we’d like to take the opportunity, to thank and honour women in our industry, as we join the rest of the country in celebrating Women’s Month. Looking to the SAWEA board, which is led by our Chair, Mercia Grimbeek, we are thankful to another five women board members, who help guide and serve our Association and the industry at large. Similarly, SAWEA’s staff has a resounding 90% women contingent.
We will be honouring and sharing news on our various social media platforms this month, showcasing gender-based opinions and achievements. This includes leadership comment, industry data, funding and development. In addition to our social media campaign, we will also be hosting a Women’s Month panel discussion around gender diversity, hosted by our Gender Diversity Working Group – see details below in the Events section.
This month’s ‘Developing the Local RE Value Chain’ webinar series, is focused on business prospects for transportation and logistics companies in our sector, which forms a substantial part of the value chain and will become increasing important and we embark into a period of exponential growth, so please be sure to join us on 19 August.
I wish you all a safe and successful month ahead.
Ntombifuthi Ntuli: CEO, South African Wind Energy Association