Dr. Tsakani Mthombeni
Former Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) & Goldfields
Chairman And Head Of Carbon & Energy
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Vice President: Group Head of Carbon and Energy at Gold Fields, setting the Group’s energy management and climate change strategy and supporting its execution across eight (8) gold mining operations in four (4) countries – South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Gold Fields energy spend accounts for some 18% of our operation costs (2018, US$302m), thus energy management is a strategic imperative for us. Prior to this role, Dr Mthombeni spent five (5) years sourcing and funding pre-commercial new energy technologies in South Africa as the General Manager: Energy, at the Technology Innovation Agency, managing a US$12 million technology innovation portfolio. Mthombeni was also with Anglo American as group Senior Energy Engineer, developing standards and guidelines for energy management initiatives across the diamonds, platinum, coal, iron ore and platinum assets. Mthombeni also worked at South Africa’s power utility, Eskom as a technical specialist, following a research officer stint at the University of Cape Town. Dr Mthombeni studied BSc at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), then Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA for MSc and PhD, both in electrical engineering. He serves as an external examiner at the University of Pretoria, Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. He is the current Chair of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) of South Africa, whose membership contributes just over 20% to the GDP and employs nearly 700 000 people in South Africa. He also serves on the Presidential Task Team on Eskom Sustainability (under President Ramaphosa) and was a co-ordinator of the Eskom Ministerial Technical Review Team. He has completed five (5) Comrades ultra-marathons.