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’s 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 Board Member – Marketing and Public Relations:
Deerosh Maharaj

He has been with the bank sector for the past 9 years. He currently heads up the sub sectors within Power and Sustainable Solutions. He has extensive experience in deal making for clients across all sectors and across all segments from small enterprise to large corporates.
Sustainability has become an area that he is passionate about due to the momentum that the sector is developing and the far-reaching benefits 

Deerosh sees the Marketing Portfolio as a development responsibility, which requires that a self regulating and propagating network be built to ensure that the footprint and awareness of the SAEEC is entrenched and grows exponentially over time.

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 – Training Portfolio:
Devaksha Maharaj

Devaksha`s one of the facets of her consultancy is Training and Development. She is passionate about educating our professionals and communities about sustainable living and their impact on climate change. As one of the facets which has now become a separate entity, she has developed a programme that teaches early learners STEAM skills as well as Coding & Robotics. IKI KIDS is now a programme that is  offered to  local schools as part of extracurricular activities. Her consultancy  also trains and sells Coding and Robotic Kits to  educators who wish to introduce this in their classrooms.

She is currently consulting for IEPA and they have recently completed a project in Kenya for the Youth in Energy Empowerment Programme where her role was that of Project Manager as well as the development of training material for specific modules. She is also registered as an accredited trainer for EWSETA and mentor for WomEng and an Ambassador to the #1MillionGirlsInStem programme. They run workshops and mentor sessions for school children and graduates empowering and providing support.
She is  current recipient of the SAEEC Energy Educator of the Year Award for 2020.
She has a passion for capacity building and skills development that she can offer to the world  as an electrical or energy engineer. Her network and business can offer  opportunities and prospective client business  that can assist the Board. Greater exposure for training and skills development is needed  in most sectors. With the recent IPP BID WINDOW  training introduced,  the SAEEC can become more involved on the training of the skills that is needed to run these projects.

SAEEC Board Member – Membership:
Nico Mienie

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.

Bryan 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 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:
Motlatjo Ramaloko

Motlatjo is a highly dedicated individual who is approachable and out-spoken. He presents himself as an individual who has determination and focus towards anything he sets his mind to. He is self-driven and passionate about the sales and marketing industry. Having worked in the insurance sector which is a volatile industry that is highly influenced by market trends and volatility of economic conditions, he portrays himself as someone who can adapt to any working environment. He works diligently, is goal oriented and works well with people. Motlatjo seeks to grow and gain more experience in the events and marketing field in a challenging and educating environment at the SAEEC.

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 Board Member- Training Portfolio:

Louis Lagrange

Louis have a passion for education and spent seven years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as senior lecturer in the School of Bio-resources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology. He has taught subjects on energy conversion through tractors, combine harvesters and implements and developed new courses in food process engineering.
Currently he is  at the University of the Free State (for seven years) where he leads a team that has successfully established a new degree in Engineering Sciences. The team has expanded and now does research in energy engineering. They have developed the new Green Building Index for SA, and they are presently busy  developing a new Green Manufacturing Index, and  are also researching new energy related materials.
He is leading the establishment of a new full engineering degree specializing in energy engineering, food process engineering and environmental bio-systems engineering. His passion for education is also prevalent through his facilitation of strategic planning for groups, and through training; of the Certified Energy Manager (39 courses), Certified Energy Auditor (9 courses), Business Efficiency Professional (2 courses), Building Energy Auditor Training (3 courses) and Fundamentals of Energy Management Training (sole author) (32 courses) over the past 11 years for the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) and the Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA) and for the USA based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
He has  been a board member on several Institutions for a cumulative twenty plus  years , As National President he leads the team who turned the SA Institute of Agricultural Engineers around and placed the institute on a good financial trajectory. Louis will bring in many decades of knowledge on, how to manage institutions, how to work as team members on a board, as well as good skills in training in the energy field.


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