Brenda Martin

Position: CEO

Brenda has worked at senior level in the Southern African development, education and energy policy sectors for over 15 years. In 2007 she initiated a national programme focused on climate-related behavior change. Her work there included the implementation of small scale renewable energy projects and lobbying for energy policy change.

Since 2014 she has worked part-time at the Energy Research Centre (UCT). There and in her personal capacity she has conducted research on energy policy generally and renewable energy and nuclear power, in particular.  She has served on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE) since its inception in February 2015.

She has just completed an MPhil in Energy & Development (ERC, UCT, 2016). Her dissertation is on the politics of electricity planning in SA. Brenda has a strong track record as a trusted bridge builder across sectors, an effective fundraiser and a strategic thinker.

Mark Pickering

Position: Chair

Mark is the general manager of three renewable power companies in South Africa, being the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, the 50 MW De Aar Solar Power plant, and the 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Power plant. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in each of these assets and manages and operates the plants on behalf of all shareholders.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in power sector issues. He has led numerous advisory processes on power and other infrastructure matters for national government departments, development agencies and local municipalities. He served on South Africa’s National Electrification Forum (NELF) in the early 1990’s, edited the 1998 White Paper on Energy, was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on EDI Restructuring and led the team advising EDI Holdings’ on its legal strategy. For the past ten years Mark has pursued the development, construction and operation of independent power producers in South and Southern Africa.

Mark holds a bachelors and a masters degree (cum laude) in electrical engineering, a post graduate diploma in public policy and development administration (with distinction) and an MBA (with distinction). He has served as chair of SAWEA’s working group on policy and markets for two terms, and as chair of the assets working group for two terms.

Hein Reyneke

Position: Treasurer

Pragmatic project management professional (PMP) with extensive skills in renewable energy, rail and automotive technologies. An appetite for new and complex technologies with perseverance to solve problems and deliver.

Actively working in the Renewable energy market since 2008, joined Mainstream in 2010. Lead the development team that secured 500MW of wind energy under DOE’s REI4P. Spend the last 2 years in a Business development role and will in future oversee Mainstream’s Round 4 construction activities.

A member of the SAWEA Board since 2014.

Mary Waller

I am motivated to support the ongoing development and expansion of the South African wind energy industry in the short, medium and long term. Core areas of focus are:

  1. SAWEA’s Policy Strategy and South Africa’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
  2. SAWEA’s Media Campaign to ensure effective communication and to create public awareness and support for RE
  3. To create effective communication channels between SAWEA and all government entities (DoE, IPP Office, NT, Eskom etc) to address key issues in the wind industry e.g. Grid Connection constraints and pricing, IRP update process.

Masechaba Mabilu

Masechaba Mabilu is the Former Economic Development Manager for Acciona and chair of the SAWEA Wind for Communities Working Group. Prior to joining Acciona she worked in KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services, specialising in Strategic Social Investment Advisory and Carbon & Energy Modelling. She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science & Statistics and a BScHons in Mathematical Statistics from University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Methuli Mbanjwa

Methuli Mbanjwa currently works as Project Manager for G7 Renewable Energies, a role held since 2010. His role is primarily on planning and development, focusing on obtaining authority approvals and permitting necessary for the establishment of wind power projects for G7’s portfolio. He has been involved in the pioneering stages of wind energy development in South Africa and has been actively involved in SAWEA’s Environmental, Land-use Planning and Wind-for-Communities working groups.

Methuli holds an MBA degree from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and qualified with Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University.

Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Ms Ntombifuthi Ntuli’s works for the Council For Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre as a Principal Researcher: Industry Business Cases where she is responsible for translation of the Energy Centre’s research in to direct and tangible outcomes for industry and SMME development. Before joining the CSIR she was at the Department of Trade and Industry as a Director: Green Industries, where she was responsible for facilitating the development of the local renewable energy industry and industrial climate change response. She holds an MPhil Degree in Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg) and a Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (University of Witwatersrand). Before joining the DTI, she spent 3 years at the Embassy of Denmark working as a Coordinator for the Business to Business Programme, where she facilitated business linkages between Danish and South African companies in all sectors of the economy. Prior to that she spent 8 years in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality working on Energy ad Climate Change programmes.