Executive Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Memory Booysen

Cllr Memory Booysen is the seventh Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), since the district’s establishment in 2001.

He has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade, which has added to his love for people and understanding the importance of branding, tourism and marketing. During 2002 he moved to the public sector, and shortly thereafter he was elected as a Bitou Ward Councillor. Five years later, he was elected as the Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality. Once he finished his term in office at Bitou, he was elected in 2016 as the Executive Mayor of Eden DM.

Dr Hildegarde Fast, Head: Energy Security Game Changer

Dr Hildegarde Fast completed her Masters Degree and Doctorate in History at the University of Cape Town. She worked as a research co-ordinator at Surplus People Project, a land reform NGO, from 1996 to 1999, and as Parliamentary Liaison and Local Government Researcher at the Financial & Fiscal Commission from 1999 to 2005. She joined the Western Cape Department of Local Government & Housing in the Western Cape in 2005, and has been Head of the Department of Local Government since 2010. She is currently leading the Energy Security Game Changer in the Province and also coordinating stakeholders in the Garden Route around the rebuilding efforts after the fires of June 2017.

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown has BSc (Cum Laude), MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and is the recipient of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Young Achievers Award for 2003, and 2003 Eskom Chairman’s Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation. Clinton was awarded 2012 specialist of the year in the Eskom Technology Group. He is the outgoing South African representative on CIGRE Study Committee C6, Distribution systems and Distributed Generation. Clinton is well published, receiving numerous conference best paper awards.

Mr Jack Rudmore – GreenCape Energy Programme Manager

Jack Radmore has a background in business sciences and finance and completed his Masters Degree in Economic and Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch. His research has focused on Social Enterprise Development as an alternative service delivery configuration that is able to create both economic and energy self-resilience in the developing world.
Jack joined GreenCape in 2014 where he fulfilled the role of a Green Finance Business Analyst. GreenCape is a sector development agency that supports businesses operating within the green economy in the Western Cape. Our aim is to help unlock the investment and employment potential of green technologies and services. This, in turn, contributes to improving the resource efficiency, carbon intensity and resilience of the regional economy.
Jack is now the GreenCape Energy Programme Manager. In this role, Jack is primarily responsible for setting the strategic direction and managing all of GreenCape’s demand and supply side energy work. GreenCape’s Smart Energy (Electric Vehicles project, Energy Services sector

Mr Nhlanhla Lucky Ngidi – SALGA

Mr Nhlanhla Lucky Ngidi holds a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL), Post Graduate Degree in Management Development (MDP), Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering Heavy Current (B-Tech) and a National Diploma in Power Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Mr Ngidi is a Board Director at Energy and Water SETA and a member of the Finance Sub-committee, He is also a Board Member of the National Laboratories Association and a Chairperson of the Energy Sub-committee, serves as an Advisory Board member of the PowerGen and Distributech Africa. He also played a role in the SADC region as an External Expert for Renewable Energy at the Regional Electricity Regulator’s Association of Southern Africa.Mr Ngidi in his SALGA position is currently playing a pivotal role in the industry advocating for the transition of the current business models for electricity and energy in the municipal space and also carries a lobbying role on the policy aspects to reform the industry to turnaround the ailing municipal electricity business since the current model is currently threatened by the technology disruptions, he is responsible for representing the local government positions at policy and regulation platforms. Mr Ngidi is also participating in all IGR platforms that seeks to address the systemic and structural challenges within the Electricity Distribution Industry in as far as municipalities are concerned.

Ms Lize Jennings-Boom – Climate Change Mitigation Programme Manager, Western Cape Government

Lize is currently Climate Change Mitigation Programme Manager in the Climate Change Directorate at the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. She joined the Department in 2011 having previously worked for Sustainable Energy Africa on sustainable transport, responsible tourism, event greening and energy and climate change projects.
She is responsible for the coordination the climate change mitigation programmes as well as mainstreaming climate change into sector planning and decision-making in provincial departments and municipalities in the Western Cape. She is also responsible for the biennial updating of the Western Cape Energy Consumption and CO2 emissions database, which is a key reference for tracking progress in responding to climate change. She played a lead role in drafting the 2014 Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy as well as the accompanying Implementation Framework and the current revision of the Strategy.

Mr Hiten Parmar – NMU / uYilo

Mr Hiten Parmar, Director of the national uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme, has 14 years of experience of which he has since developed key expertise across the Electric Vehicle Eco-System alongside a certification from IMI UK on Electrically Propelled Vehicles. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Honours in Business Administration, and is a registered member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. Through activities of the uYilo Programme, Hiten serves as key stakeholder across numerous governing and industry entities, as well as Secretariat of the Electric Vehicle Industry Association

Mr Derek Batte – PowerX

Derek is an ordained minister and dynamic and enthusiastic leader, motivational speaker and passionate about people and the upliftment of society. He has a passionate desire to share and impart knowledge to others, so they too can build to their potential and achieve Godly goals and success in their own lives. Derek is highly motivated and dedicated to seeing others walk in the dynamic influence and fulfil their Godly Colling, Passion and Purpose. Derek has been involved in many facets of developmental work and has worked in Provincial Government, consultancy and international aid organisations, where he was programme leader on many infrastructural development programmes in water, sanitation and energy supply. His career has spanned many years and from Project manager to CEO he has been able to glean firsthand knowledge and practical experience, which he now freely shares with others as they take up the baton to build a lasting legacy in developing a better life for all. Derek is currently an advisor to many businesses and is actively engaged with POWERX, a private sector Company that holds the only Trading License issued by NERSA, outside of Eskom. Under this assignment Derek is responsible for the development of Municipal stakeholder engagement and is active with the implementation strategy of PowerX to develop Distributed Generation capacity within the municipal environment and use renewable energy as a local economic development lever to stimulate municipal revenue stability, job creation and economic transformation.

Ms Sue Swain – BioWise

Since studying Nature Conservation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Sue Swain has worked in the field of conservation and environmental education for 30 years.  Having run an environmental education centre at Cape Point, practiced social ecology in Addo Elephant National Park, project managed Working for Water projects in Port Elizabeth and surrounds, and piloted stewardship for the Garden Route Initiative within the Garden Route National Park, Sue’s primary focus has been on education related to sustainability and learning to learn from and work with the living environment to create better built environments.

Since 2006, Sue has been immersed in the field of biomimicry and is the founder and executive director of the locally based non-profit company, BioWise, that promotes the practice of biomimicry both as a design discipline and as a sustainability ethos.  Sue is the initiator and driving force behind the concept of Knysna and the Garden Route becoming the biomimicry hub of Africa, both as a centre of excellence for biomimicry research and innovation as well as an inspirational ‘living laboratory’ and community of practice.  Sue believes our future lies in a fundamental shift from sustainability thinking to embracing a naturally regenerative economy.

Mr Nico Walters – General Manager Strategy at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA

Nico Walters is the General Manager Strategy at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). He joined TNPA in 1993 and held various positions in Tariffs, Marketing, Commercial and Strategy. His portfolio at TNPA is responsible for .

He has been involved in various projects, from rail and port management/port operations, strategic planning, development/managing port infrastructure/port capacity projects and project feasibility studies, as well as leading negotiations to conclude concession agreements with external customers.

He has completed the GIBS Executive Development Programme and holds a B Com degree (Economics, Business Management) and a Masters Degree in Computer Science. He is a keen photographer and golfer in his spare time.

Mr Gareth Burley – Microcare Solar

An entrepreneur at heart Gareth has been the Sales & Marketing Manager for Microcare Solar Components since 2014. When Gareth is not at the Microcare factory in Nelson Mandela Bay he can be heard on various radio stations across the country including Radio Tygerburg in Cape Town, Vaal FM in Johannesburg and Kingfisher FM in Port Elizabeth. Gareth has won various awards for his radio and environmental work including Eskom’s eta media award and is a brand ambassador for various NPO’s such as the South African Energy Association, One Land Love It Rhino Conservation effort & the Love Story feedings scheme. Founded in 1990 Microcare manufactures solar components and solutions for everyday South Africa specialising in off grid, rural and pumping solutions.

Mr Jaco de la Rouviere

Jaco is the Founding Member of LiveSure and InovaSure. He completed his Mechanical Engineering studies in Pretoria. Whilst in the employment of the South African Airforce, he was seconded to the CSIR and conducted specialized research in the field of Material Science and Technology. The South African Business Exchange evolved from the engineering business, changing focus to information technology with the aim to develop “thin client” technology, which has only recently become popular as cloud computing. Jaco founded SGL Power to pursue power generation in Africa after early idenfifying the imminent energy shortages. SGL Power succuessfully obtained several licenses to produce power in Africa. The complexities of the regulatory environment as well as the funding limitations associated with power generation compelled him in confjunction with the like minded individuals to start an innovative “Living Security” company – Inovasure. This company promtes financial services products and services to be deployed for the benefit of independent power producers as well as bulk buyers in Africa, including Municipalities, Local Authorities, SPecial Economic Zones, Towns, Cities and Villages of the Continent

Ms Karén Breytenbach

Karén Breytenbach was previously with the National Treasury’s Public Private Partnership Unit and us currently the Head of the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office – a partnership between the Department of Energy, National Treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Karén has extensive experience in large scale infrastructure projects. As Head of the IPP Office, Karén has been instrumental and is responsible for the internationally recognised Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme and is also responsible for the new baseload programmes, gas utilisation master pan, coal and co-generation IPP programme.

Mr Ryan Roberts – SALGA

Ryan has completed a BEng Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He also has a Masters in Sustainable Development and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies from Stellenbosch University. He is currently seconded to SALGA as an advisor for renewable energy and energy efficiency from the GIZ SAGEN programme.

Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk – South African IPP Projects Office

Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk received an M Com (Economics) Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  She was senior lecturer, Department of Economics, at the University of Pretoria till 1988 and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Information, Development Bank of Southern Africa.  She held the position of Economist in the DBSA’s Southern Africa Business Unit, before she joined the World Bank in 2000.  At the World Bank, she was country economist for Botswana and Swaziland and then senior economist in the Bank’s Africa Regional Integration Department.  She held this position till she left the World Bank in March 2008.  She joined DFID Southern Africa in May 2008 as Regional Trade and Integration.  Since May 2014, she is Head: Economics of the South African IPP Projects Office.

She has worked on regional integration in Africa in the context of policy formulation and implementation as well as on inter-governmental fiscal relations and macroeconomics in South Africa and its customs union neighbours.  She served as advisor to the South African government on a range of foreign economic policy issues and to SADC on regional financial integration.  She has published extensively in various fields of economics.  She is member of a number of SA and international professional associations and, in SA, she has been a member of the Central Council of the Economic Society of South Africa for seven years, which included a two-year term as Vice-President.