FEE Press Release: The Power In Women Influencing Women In Power - 19 May 2015

19 May 2015

The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) held the inaugural meeting of Females in Energy Efficiency (FEE) on 25 March 2015....

2ND EVENT - 19 MAY 2015
The Power In Women Influencing Women In Power
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) held the inaugural meeting of Females in Energy Efficiency (FEE) on 25 March 2015.  FEE, a division of the SAEE, focuses primarily on supporting and celebrating the role of women in the energy efficiency industry.  Following the success of the first FEE meeting, the second meeting took place on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.  A committee of professional, driven, determined and dedicated women in the field of energy efficiency was established.
FEE is made up of energy efficiency professionals working to reduce energy wastage in business and in homes.  Focus will be given by women to develop, train and educate residential and commercial energy efficient programmes.
Of vital strategic importance at this meeting was the election and establishment of the Females in Energy Efficiency interim steering committee.  
After a nomination and voting process took place, the following women were appointed to the FEE committee:
  • Lorraine van Wyk, Reatile Gastrade
  • Lisa Reynolds, SAEE board member
  • Duduzile Makhathini, Rand Water
  • Santa Scheepers, Distributed Solar
  • Lesego Gaegane, National Business Initiative
  • Taryn Corna, Aqua Bella
  • Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, MphoNo Energies
  • Coretta Magongoa-Mohale, VieDeCore t/a Admire Energy
  • Noxolo Mbana, Energy House ZA
  • Rego Mavimbela, Eskom
  • Faith Mavimbela, NCPC - SA 
Left to right : Noxolo, Rego, Taryn, Lisa, Duduzile, Nonhlanhla, Santa, Coretta and Lesego.  Absent : Faith and Lorraine
As South Africa focuses on energy efficiency this month, women continue to play a vital role in the country’s focus on how central and critical energy efficiency is to our national prosperity, security and the environment.  
The keynote speaker at this event was Erica Johnson, Operations Resilience Expert.  Erica has wide and deep insights gained through her experience at executive level at Eskom.  Erica has occupied leadership roles with responsibilities in both operations and strategic portfolios, as well as managing strategic functions of Eskom including strategy, corporate planning, risk and resilience management, information technology, legal, regulatory and stakeholder management.  
Erica holds a BSc in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic), which she obtained from UCT in 1990.  Following this, she obtained a MSc Engineering (Power Systems) in 1997 from the same university.  In order to gain a wider perspective into business, Erica obtained an MBA from Wits in 2008.
Erica’s presentation was on the topic of Insight and Opportunities in the South African Electricity Industry.   Her message was powerful, frank, enlightening and most memorable.  More on Erica’s presentation will be covered in future newsletters.  
The second FEE meeting was once again sponsored by Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies.  
Sincere thanks are extended to Lisa for Saint-Gobain Construction’s generous sponsorship of this event.
Join the Females in Energy Efficiency community by becoming a member.  
Contact Erika Kruger at email convention@saee.org.za or telephone 018 290 5130.

The SAEEC is a proud chapter of the AEE.