SAEEC Board Members
SAEEC President: Keith Cassie
Keith Cassie heads up the Engineering and Energy Management department within Standard Bank’s Group Real Estates Services division and actively works on the bank’s energy management strategy. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is passionate about leadership and the sustainable development of Africa’s energy sector. He’s a professionally registered engineer (Pr.Eng), a certified international energy manager (CEMI) and is currently completing his MBA and focusing his research on the effectiveness of an energy management system in commercial properties. Keith’s previous working experience entails being an Engineering Specialist for BHP Billiton’s Aluminium smelters, a Senior Engineer for Eskom’s Gas and Renewable department and a Senior Design Engineer for Tenova Mining and Minerals.
He also currently seeks to develop the future leaders in the energy industry and serves as the Chairman of the South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA) Young Energy Leadership Forum. He was awarded with a Mark of Excellence for his service at Standard Bank and managed projects which achieved international recognition as Sub- Sahara Africa’s Energy Project of the Year 2015 by the Association of Energy Engineers. Further acclamation includes Eskom eta, Mail and Guardian’s Greening the Future and Africa’s Energy Project of the Year at the 8th annual Africa Energy Awards.
SAEEC Vice-President: Zadok Olinga
Zadok is one of the leading experts in Measurement and Verification (M&V) and Energy Efficiency working in South Africa and holds the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) international certifications. He is an expert in Measurement and Verification (M&V) and Energy Efficiency assisting South African corporate companies obtain cost improvements in their operations.
He has carried out M&V inspections and written energy efficiency technical reports on more than 80 projects on the Eskom EEDSM program, the Section 12I tax incentive, and the Section 12L tax incentive. Thus far he has worked on approvals of more than 2.5 billion Rand in the Section 12L and Section 12I tax allowances for a diverse range of clients. With his focus on consulting and advisory on energy efficiency, demand reduction, GHG emissions mitigation, carbon tax, and tax incentives and grants related to resource efficiency, namely energy, water, and carbon. The execution of his activities relies on his diverse engineering knowledge and experience of energy efficiency projects, regular client engagement, a knowledge of the South African regulatory and tax environment, in addition to his background in ISO17020, SANS 50010, ISO50001 standards and the IPMVP guideline for M&V.
To date Zadok has worked in a variety of industries such as commercial aviation, logistics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, mining, beverages, plastics, glass and paper manufacturing, smelting and beneficiation, utilities, renewable energy and in the public sector.
As part of his passion for energy efficiency, he has given multiple presentations at the SAEEC annual conferences and at other conferences and workshops in South Africa.
SAEEC Director – Operations: Yolanda de Lange
Yolanda is the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification Administrator for the Sub-Sahara Africa Region, a Board Member of the International AEE Certification Board, and one of two AEE Proctors in the region. With a Diploma in Journalism she became involved in the energy industry through her role of 13 years as editor of firstly Sparks Electrical News, shortly thereafter of Electricity+Control magazine during which time she supported the establishment of the SAEE in 2002 as well as the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) during the same period. Initiating the first Energy Efficiency Made Simple handbook published in 2006, with a follow up in 2009 both still relevant and containing materials written by still current SAEE (now SAEEC) members.
As a mentor of youths in the energy industry, coordinating and developing capacity building programs in all aspects of the sustainability industry, she has been living out her passion to make a contribution to changing the continent to become more sustainable in the global context. For her work she received the 2018 AEE International Energy Innovator of the Year Award, recognising her work with previously disadvantaged students from South Africa towards international recognition as energy professionals.
SAEEC Immediate Past President: Lisa Reynolds
Lisa Reynolds has a BSc (Chemistry) from University of Witwatersrand) and has an MBA from the University of Hull. She achieved her CEM in 2005. Lisa is currently the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa, and has worked in the insulation and interior building industry for 12 years. In 2003, she became involved in fire and energy standards and in rewriting of the building code (SANS 10400 and SANS 204). In March 2009, the Technical Committee began Edition 2 of the SANS 204 series and Lisa is once again the Chairperson of the Working Groups responsible for the drafting of these standards. Lisa was a member of the Technical Working Group for the Green Building Council of SA which drafted the Green Star rating tool for Offices (published October 2008) and the Green Star rating tool for Retail (published 2009). She served on the SAEE Board and other bodies including those at the SABS. She is actively involved in the writing of the energy efficiency standards for buildings and industry and is a member of the Regulatory Advisory Group. Served as research steering committee member for DME research projects; served on a committee recommending interventions for condensation preventions in low cost housing in the Southern Cape area; working with Eskom’s Demand Side Management department on projects; Energy Efficiency (and insulation) training for specifiers, project engineers, developers, end users and other stakeholders; Board member of SAAE’s (South African Association of ESCO’s).
SAEEC Board Member – Advisory: Wynand van der Merwe
Wynand van der Merwe is an internationally experienced Skills Development Professional with extensive experience in skills development systems for large organisations and government bodies. He currently serves on the board of the SAEEC and is employed by the CSIR as the Skills Development Manager of the NCPC-SA.
Wynand joined the NCPC-SA team in 2013 as Skills Development Manager to establish a skills development department, responsible for developing and implementing various training interventions, an RECP internship programme, as well as facilitating the development of relevant national qualifications. Recent responsibilities include the development of a professional body for RECP practitioners
He previously served as Senior Manager: Sector Skills Planning at ISETT SETA, before relocating to the United Arab Emirates where he led a team of international experts in the implementation of a pilot project towards the establishment of a National Qualifications Authority and Qualifications Framework in that country. After returning to South Africa, he was contracted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in 2011 as a Training and Education expert to implement Skills Development solutions for the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project), co- implemented by UNIDO and the NCPC-SA.
Wynand holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honour’s Degree) in Communication Studies from the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
SAEEC Board Member – Membership: Nico Minnie
Nico Mienie has served as the Technical Director of the Clay Brick Association of Southern Africa for many years and was awarded Honorary Membership of the CBA in 2019. He completed his studies at Durban University of Technology, graduating with a diploma in Heavy Clay Technology (Ceramic Engineering).
Nico has over 30-year experience in the clay brick industry, and is currently Managing Director of Algoa Brick – one of the biggest brick factories in the Eastern Cape. The company is known for its innovations in reducing the use of fossil fuels during production through energy-efficient technology.
Nico led the technical team that produced South Africa’s first industry-wide Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Sustainability Report. An LCA quantifies the resources consumed and emissions produced over the product’s entire life cycle, and then assesses the impact of this on specific environmental aspects such as human health, climate change, and damage to ecosystems. The independent study was conducted by the University of Pretoria.
SAEEC Board Member – Events Portfolio: Bryan Majola
Mr. Majola is a newcomer on the block, but certainly not a stranger to the SAEE Confederation. He has shown commitment to the industry through participation in information dissemination activities, a variety of international training and project initiatives where he showed talent and innovation in the energy efficiency field.
Brian has also received some prestigious awards over the last year, including:
- Mail & Guardian Top 200 young South Africans, 2019.
- Young Energy Professional of the year, 2019.
The desire to achieve greater levels of sustainability in resource use is a core interest and motivation behind all of Bryan’s professional undertakings.
Thirty-two-year-old solar energy guru Bryan Majola fell in love with the concept in 2013 when he was working as a junior project manager in rural Northern Cape, installing solar panels in homes without electricity.
Two years later, he registered Energy Doctors, a tier 1 energy services company, which focuses on designing projects for homes which need to become more energy efficient. It also designs projects for municipalities.
His energy experience ranges from energy efficiency, smart grid, renewable energy and building envelope technology to power quality of a distributed generation, and he was part of the team that won the African Utility Africa Community project of the year in 2015. That project has grown to employ more than 48 young people and led him to become a founding member of the Africa-German Sustainable Entrepreneurship Network, which works to strengthen relationships between African and German entrepreneurs in the green industry. “My core motivation is the desire to achieve greater levels of self-improvement and sustainability in resource use,” he says, explaining how he’s taking his skills to a greater global audience by mentoring German startups and accepting an invitation to be one of 100 African entrepreneurs to participate in the World Youth Forum in Egypt, last December.
The signing of 27 agreements with Independent Power Producers in April 2018 was hailed as game changer for South Africa’s energy industry but Majola is cautious about the opportunities these have provided.
SAEEC Board Member – Marketing Portfolio: Zama Phakathi
Ms. Phakathi is an astute businesswoman who has boldly navigated the business world to reach greater heights of success. She holds ownership and leadership positions in various entities which include the following,
- CEO of Splendid Marketing and Communications
- CEO of Splendid Health (Pty) Ltd
- MD of Splendid IT (Pty) Ltd
- MD of Impeccable Skills Development & Training
- Founder & MD of the Zama Phakathi Foundation
Board / Council Memberships:
- Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
- South African Library for the Blind (SALB)
- Women in ICT (Member)
In August 2009, Zama scooped a prestigious award – the Business Women’s Association’s Regional Achievers Award under the most contested category, the Corporate Category.
In April 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Alec Rogoff Award by the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This reward recognises businesses that have done well in terms of BBBEE, CSI and overall business systems and performance.
In 2014, she was announced as the winner at the Top Women Achiever Awards, in the category, i.e. Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME. She has also been a “Top Young Female Entrepreneur “finalist, and her latest win is the 2018 Top Young Executive of the Year Award at the National Business Awards.
She is well networked nationally and has delivered talks at numerous events and conferences throughout the country and internationally as well as facilitated multiple business strategy workshops and seminars.
Zama is a dynamic businesswoman with an incredible zest for life. She believes in being a diligent entrepreneur, and that if you believe big, you can achieve big!
SAEEC Financial Director: Karel Steyn
Mr JJ(Karel) Steyn, Pr Tech(Eng), Pr Techni(Eng), C.E.M. and C.M.V.P. is a Senior Consultant on Energy Performance Verification who previously managed the Measurement and Verification (M&V) function for 8 years in Eskom. He is acknowledged by the USA Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager since 2002 and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional since 2006. He is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and an M&V Technical Assessor for the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). He is the President for the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) and a board member since its creation in 2002, a board member of the Measurement and Verification Council of South Africa (MVCSA) and sits on the Eskom M&V Steering Committee, the SANEDI Energy Efficiency Evaluation Committee for 12-I and 12-L tax incentives, the SANAS M&V Specialist Technical Committee, the SANAS Energy Management System (EnMS – ISO50001) Certification Technical Committee, the SABS/ISO 50001 Energy Management Technical Committee 242 and participates in the Clean Energy Ministerial: Global Superior Energy Performance (CEM:GSEP) Partnership M&V Task Force. He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAiEE). Karel has been active in many capacities in the energy and climate change fields since 1992.
Secretary General: Thieda Ferreira
Thieda is sincere, reserved, and quiet yet persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors she pursues. In 2012 she joined EnTF demonstrating to be an agile troubleshooter.
Her current duties at SAEEC includes the running of AGM and Board meetings, the training committee, advisory committee, South African Females in Energy Efficiency (SAFEE) Interest Group, Measurement and Verification Community of South Africa (MVCSA) Interest Group, finance committee as well as bookkeeping and relevant financial reports, company filing management, company documentation control and compliance requirements, international chapter compliance reporting to partners, international and local accreditations.
Committee Secretary - Marketing & Events: Lydia Marais
Lydia brings with her valuable experience of the energy industry and has partnered with many organisations to ensure successful marketing of their events and bringing key stakeholders together to take networking events to the next level.
Her career in the Energy Industry started back in 2011, when she joined EnTF, the local service provider of the Association of Energy Engineers. This service has since then been incorporated with the SAEEC since.
Committee Secretary - Membership and Sales Manager: Helen Couvaras
Helen Couvaras holds a BA Honours Degree in Classical Culture and Byzantine Studies from the Univetsity of Johannesburg. Helen’s last position was at Crown Publications where she worked as an Advertising Manager on Electricity + Control for almost 22 years. She has enjoyed a long association with the SAEEC since it’s inception in 2002 and worked on four Energy Efficiency Made Simple handbooks, published by Crown Publications. In 2011 she received an award from the SAEEC for ‘Continuous Media Support’.
SAEEC Assistant: Marketing & Events: Mavis Maphoto
Mavis Maphoto is a Marketing and Events Assistant at the SAEEC. Prior to Joining SAEEC, she was a Technical Assistant for an Energy Service Company, where she spent 12 months gaining experience in the Energy Industry. Mavis holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Certified Technician, Solar PVGreencard and working towards being a Certified Energy Auditor.
Being young, vibrant, and energetic, Mavis also joined an NPO, where they work with helping youth by being involved in activities such as Drum majorettes and Cheerleading and hoping to give knowledge about the energy industry.