SAFEE Committee

19 May 2015

SAFEE Committee

Noxolo Kahlana
Committee Chairperson
Noxolo is passionate about renewable energy and good quality education made accessible to all and has a diverse background from both the public and private sectors having worked for Accenture, De Beers, Eskom, The Youth Development Trust, Trialogue, BHP Billiton, Wits University and British American Tobacco, both as full time employee and fixed term consultant. She recently worked for an independent Power Producer, Cennergi, owned by Tata Power and Exxaro, building wind farms in the Eastern Cape and is currently the founder MD of Energy house with special focus on innovative waste to gas technologies and economic development consulting for IPPs.  She has vast experience in Socio-Economic Development and building sustainable communities through participatory development models as well as in organisation transformation, business sustainability and Transformational leadership. She’s one of the trustees in the Eatsern Cape Education Development trust and was trustee and chairperson of Tsitsikamma community wind farm and Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm when she worked for Cennergi.  Noxolo uses her experience, stakeholder engagement skills and influence to advocate for change and transformation while building capacity for organisations, government and communities to be economically viable today and in the future. Noxolo Has sound academic backgrounds both in commerce and economic and social development studies obtained locally from Rhodes University (BCom) and abroad at Sussex University (MA), UK including an MBA from GIBS.


Lorraine van Wyk
Lorraine has been in the gas industry for more than thirty years having started her career as a Specialty Gas Consultant selling quality assured gases to research and development centres as well as industries that required high purity gases such as electronics, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. From there Lorraine advanced to managing the Specialty Gas Department to widening her experience by branching out to the industrial and bulk gas sectors of the business.  She joined Shell Easigas in 2001 managing the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Regions where she was responsible for driving the development of a dynamic, innovative and team oriented sales culture to ensure the delivery of agreed targets through an integrated approach of aligning both cylinder and bulk strategy with organizational strategy in order to achieve organizational objectives . Lorraine was one of eight individuals in Southern Africa to receive an award at the Shell Annual Leadership Conference held in Cape Town in 2003 for exceptional input in to improving customer service.  During her tenure at Shell she was elected to participate in the Business Development Program in Shell, London in September 2005 and to take part in a Sales Development Program in the Philippines in 2009. Her key passions are customer relationship management and coaching and developing staff.  In 2010 Lorraine headed up the first formal marketing department at Easigas and in 2011 included the responsibility for managing the customer service centre.  Lorraine has lectured at MANCOSA and Regent Business Schools on their MBA programs in Marketing and supervised dissertations for both business schools.  Lorraine has a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a B Comm from Unisa majoring in Marketing and International Finance and an MBA in Marketing and Finance.  Lorraine is now in Business Development for Reatile Gastrade, a subsidiary of Reatile Energy, owned by Reatile Group to develop opportunities on the Sasol natural gas pipeline coming from Mozambique.

Coretta Mohale (formerly Magongoa)
Coretta is an entrepreneur and a global executive who has worked in various industries. She is strongly entrenched in the Energy (Renewables, Energy Efficiency, Oil & Gas and Recycling), Manufacturing and sustainability sectors and has experience in the other sectors including Pharmaceutical, Lifestyle, Real Estate, Construction sectors. In 2008, Coretta established VieDeCore as a lifestyle company and since transitioned to focus mainly in the Energy industry. GuCor Oil and Adire Energy are the subsidiaries of VieDeCore with focus in Oil and Gas, Recycling and Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy respectively. Adire is accredited by Deloitte and Eskom as an Energy Services Company (ESCO), and GuCor has a wholesale license to supply bulk petroleum products and is proactive in the Waste Oil beneficiation field.  Coretta has worked in Corporate for various companies including Eskom, Rand Water, Sasol, Merck, CSIR etc. in over 14 years and equally as an entrepreneur. Her roles in industry varied from business development, key accounts management, stakeholder management and enterprise development to project directing.  She has established a number of Small Medium Enterprises as well as “Not-for-profit organization and Cooperatives in South Africa servicing the African and global markets. In 2012/13 Coretta was nominated by CEO Magazine as one of the most influential people in SA. She represented African Energy industries at the World Economic Forum where she was based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her network is well established in Africa and globally in the public and private sectors in all the levels of hierarchy. Coretta has a passion for socio-economic development and objective to advance others for the benefit of a sustainable future for all. Coretta hold post Graduate Degrees in Life Sciences (Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry), other graduate courses from other renowned institutions including Henley Management College (UK) and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at UCT. 


Lesego Gaegane
Lesego Gaegane’s career in the Resource efficiency and Energy Management field spans over 8 years, in assisting industrial companies become more efficient in their water, energy and material utilization. For the past 4 years she has been focussing in the energy sector implementing Energy Efficiency projects. Her role involved implementing Strategic Energy Management projects through Energy Management systems, Energy System Optimization and Energy assessments within industrial and commercial companies. She has a Chemical Engineering degree and has worked in the manufacturing sector where she was involved in an R&D project for exploring alternative electroplating methods. She has also worked in the mineral processing sector specializing in the crushing, milling and floating of platinum group metals. She is currently working as a Climate Change Monitoring & Performance Tracking Specialist with the World Resource Institute where she is responsible for Piloting the Monitoring & Evaluation guidelines on climate change-relevant South African government policies as well as implementing the accounting steps and quantification methodologies to assess the climate change mitigation impacts of various programmes. 


Lisa Reynolds
Lisa Reynolds is the Sustainable Development Director at Saint-Gobain and has been in the insulation and interior building industry for 19 years. She has been involved in Energy Efficiency and Energy Management for the last 13 years. Lisa is the Chairperson for the Working Groups responsible for the standards for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, namely SANS 204 and SANS 10400-XA and served on the Regulatory Advisory Group that drafted NBR-XA (Energy Efficiency in Buildings). She is Chair of TC 242 (Energy Management), the committee responsible for SANS ISO 50001 and SANS 50010. Lisa has a BSc, a MBA and her CEM. Lisa was recipient of the ETA award (Eskom) for Women in Industry in 2007, the Individual Energy award (SAEE) in 2008 and the Women in Energy Award (SAWIEN) in 2014. She was a member of the Technical Working Groups for the Green Building Council of SA which drafted the Green Star rating tool for Offices and Retail, for Energy & Water Benchmarking and for Socio Economic Credits. Lisa is a serving board member and President Elect for SAEE (SA Association of Energy Efficiency), a board member of the Green Building Council and was the President of SAAE’s (SA Association of ESCo’s). 

Duduzile Makhathini
Duduzile Makhathini holds a BEng (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in which she specialised in Energy Efficiency and Energy Management. She is registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) with AEE. Her work experience in the field of energy management includes working as a graduate engineer at HVAC International which is an energy services company (ESCo) and  being part of the technical team at Eskom Demand Side Management or Eskom DSM (now Eskom IDM). She is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and the South African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE). She is currently working as a Senior Energy Management Engineer at Rand Water where above other duties is implementing Rand Water’s 350kWp Rooftop Solar PV pilot project. 



Santa Scheepers
Santa Scheepers is a clean technology entrepreneur.  After a successful  IT  career spanning 20+ years she cast off the protective cloak of a corporate job  to pursue  green business interests. Her company Black Moon Investments  is developing a multi-purpose solar farm which will become a sustainable industrial park.  She recently turned her attention to electric mobility through the ZingCO electric vehicle project.  Their converted electric car based on the iconic VW Beetle was a finalist and best female led business in the Global Cleachtech Innovation Program - South Africa (GCIP 2015).  She is also gearing up to locally produce an energy efficient low cost electric bike. This will be positioned for last mile transport including rural areas and township conditions - moving people from immobile to e-mobile. 



Taryn Corna
Taryn has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a Post-graduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Business School.  She started her career as a supply chain management consultant, during which time she was part of the team that started up the Green Supply Chain division in the company.  She moved to manage the revenue department at a global cruising company, but shifted her focus to the renewable energy consulting sector in 2014.  She was involved in the successful submission of 9 solar projects in Bid Window 4 and 8 solar projects in the Expedited Bid Window 4 of the REIPP program, various renewable energy proposals, is managing the proposal submission for solar projects in countries outside of South Africa and is managing the Energy Efficiency division of the company in South Africa. 


Marlene van Rooyen
Marlene, an internationally recognised, multiple award winning business women, has a strong passion for environmental & energy issues. She has been involved in the energy industry indirectly for 16 years and directly for 10 years. Marlene founded the reknowned and unique publication, 25Degrees in Africa with a unique focus on Africa, energy and the environment. Understanding the important food, water energy nexus, she launched WATER360. Having spent many years working across different sectors in the energy industry, she saw the lack of cooperative workings and how companies and organisation work in silos on the same projects and or topics.  Lauded for her business acumen, strategic intent and passion around women and energy issues, the founding of the SA Women in Energy Network is a natural extension of her contacts and an example of her putting her contacts to good use for the benefit of the industry as a whole.  Marlene is open to engagement and discussion on all manner of topics and is excited about the opportunities South Africa presents. Being a working mom, understands the struggle some of us face in juggling a family and a high-pressure career in the corporate world. 


Faith Mkhacwa

Faith is an Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Specialist whose career spans 12 years. Her skills include training, project management and advising organisations that would like to become energy efficient or implement renewable energy projects. As one of the internal UNIDO experts, Faith also assists organisations with implementation of EnMS (Energy Management Systems) and ISO 50001. Faith’s work has extended to the SADC region where she has been working with companies through the NCPC.  Faith holds the MBL degree and she joined South Africa’s power utility after studying towards an Electrical Engineering degree. She has extensive experience in C&I engineering and has successfully completed different C&I and Emissions projects while working as a Project Engineer for South Africa’s power utility where she served on the Clean Gas Forum and the Environmental Steering Committee. She has also lectured at VUT (Vaal university of Technology) and UNISA’s engineering departments. 



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