The Energy landscape in South Africa: Nurturing a sustainable future

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All ages
  • Date: November 25, 2020 20:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Whilst the energy sector is arguably at the centre of South African’s development, an array of challenges threatens the sector. Unplanned outages, energy shortages, blackouts and high energy tariffs are seemingly becoming normal by the day. In the face of climate change and related socio-economic challenges, it seems inevitable that our energy systems must change. The presentation will explore the future of the energy whilst investigating both the social and economic impact of the envisioned future. The big question is around creating a reliable and sustainable energy system.

Join a panel of professionals as they dig deep into the reality of nuclear power and renewable energy systems.


Ms Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Ms Ntombifuthi Ntuli is the CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). She was appointed to this leadership position in September 2019 and is tasked with steering the industry as it takes a central role in South Africa’s energy transition, by drawing on her deep knowledge and talents gained during 18 Years of experience in the energy and related sectors. Ms Ntuli’s track record in government, state owned entity and private sector has given her a global view of the energy sector and in policy, finance, research and industry projects development. She is an internationally recognised leader in the renewable energy sector, having been profiled by the ESI Africa Magazine, The German Energiewende Magazine and the United States Energy Association. Ms Ntuli received two awards (country winner and SADC region winner) from the CEO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Business and in Government. She holds an MPhil Degree in Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg) and a Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (University of Witwatersrand). She is an Alumna of the United States International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) as well as the African Programme on
Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE).

Dr Nandi Malumbazo

Dr Nandi Malumbazo is a Senior Lecturer and a Coal Scientist Researcher at the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand. In addition to this, she is a Board Member for Energy and Water SETA. Dr Malumbazo’s research focus is on the “Utilization of Coal beyond Power Generation”, “Understanding of the geochemistry of the Karoo Basin Shale Gas properties”, “Carbon Capture and Storage” as well as an “Understanding of Just Energy Transition Policies”. Prior to this, she was working at the Council for Geoscience as a Chief Scientist and a Coal Section Head for nine (9) years where she was advising, guiding and managing coal and gas related research projects. She is a co-author of a book titled “The Southern African Coals and Carbons: Definitions and Applications of Organic Petrology” and published several national and international journals on coal quality assessment and utilization as well as on the Karoo Basin Shale Gas.

Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere, Pr.Nat.Sci

Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere is a Nuclear Physicist with over 14 years’ experience of Nuclear Regulatory Environment, Nuclear Safety Analysis for Nuclear Installations and Licensing of Nuclear Facilities working for Department of Energy (now Department of Mineral Resources & Energy), Eskom and currently with Necsa. He is also a Professional Natural Scientist registered with the South
African Council for Natural and Scientific Professions (SACNASP). He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Radiation Science from North West University Mafikeng Campus, and currently pursuing PhD. He is currently the Deputy President of Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA), former National Executive Chairperson of South African Young Nuclear Professional Society (SAYNPS). He is the President of African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) and a National Chairperson of South African Radiation Protection Association (SARPA). Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere also serves as a National Representative and Board of Directors for International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), which SAYNPS is an affiliate member since 2002. Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere is a very passionate, dedicated, committed and progressive advocate of Nuclear Science and Technology Applications including its socioeconomic benefits especially for the young professionals nationally and abroad, he is very passionate having many written opinion articles over through established publications and doing a lot more public education and awareness. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in building community awareness, volunteer training and co-ordination, developing working relationships between the community and local
businesses, working with government, and delivering education programs. Mr Santswere has successfully coordinated a number of public education and awareness programs, generating financial support from local organizations and gaining tangible community outcomes. He has the ability to work independently and as a collective. He also has strong analytical thinking ability and attention to details with the ability to see the bigger picture. He is assertive, strategic and innovative with good problem-solving skills. He has also developed the ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in my area of expertise. He is aware know that his proven leadership skills, strong commitment to high ethical and professional standards, and flexibility in devising proactive
responses to changing socioeconomic conditions has allowed him to make a significant contribution to the nuclear industry and communities.

Thava Govender

Thava Govender is the Chief Executive Officer for Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering, Babcock International Group. He joined Babcock on the 21st May 2019. In nearly three decades of working in the energy sector, Thava has experienced the full ambit of the electricity supply value chain. His involvement in the energy sector started in the early '90s as a graduate-in-training for Eskom, having been granted a bursary to complete a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also completed an honours degree in Energy studies and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Since then he has held various management positions, including Power Station Manager, General Manager and Chief Executive for Rotek and Roshcon. Thava was Group Executive for Eskom’s Generation Division, Eskom Transmission and Customers Services, and Acting Sustainability & Risk Divisions.
Following 29 years of a long and successful career at Eskom, Thava joined the Babcock International Group as CEO in Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering.