Vusumuzi Dlamini is currently a Principal Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineer at Anglo American. Dr Dlamini, who holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, has more than 14 years’ industrial experience in the following fields: electrical engineering, energy management, project management, control systems and operational technology. This experience also includes energy and carbon management strategies; developing standards for energy management; identifying and leading the implementation of energy management initiatives. Prior to his current role at Anglo American, he worked at Sasol and National Instruments.
He has served as a part-time lecturer and external examiner at the University of Pretoria and has published several research articles in peer reviewed journals; served as a reviewer and presented papers at local and international conferences. Dr Dlamini is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA); a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in the USA; and a Member with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).
PhD (Chem Eng.), Specialist Process and Metallurgical Consultant – Glencore Operations South Africa
Following graduation took up a career in research and consulting, covering initially both pyrometallurgical and various avenues of extractive metallurgy, and subsequently specializing in pyrometallurgy and pyrometallurgical pre-treatment Spanning a period of some 10 years in active research, with two international patents issued for work in these research areas. Subsequently took up a career in industry- subsequently focussed on the ferrochrome smelting and mining industry with direct involvement in mining, production, diverse management roles, projects and business development, locally and abroad.
Currently serving as Specialist Process and Metallurgical Consultant to the Group.
Fhedzi completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Pretoria (UP) – Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). Fhedzi is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) offering 19+ years of experience in engineering, advisory, project finance, policy and strategy within the energy industry – oil, gas and power.
Fhedzi’s previous work experience include: Eskom (South Africa electricity public utility), PPA Energy (an energy and management consulting company based in United Kingdom (UK) which was acquired by Ricardo Energy & Environment – a global engineering and strategic, technical and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy and scare resources sectors), Sasol Limited (an international integrated energy and chemicals company), Independent Power Producer Office (IPP Office) (an agent of Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) providing the necessary capacity for the implementation of the Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (IPPPP) in South Africa), Hulisani Limited (a long-term energy investor listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)). Fhedzi is currently Group Head: Energy with Impala Platinum Group.
Fhedzi has also written published work in the South African Journal of Human Resource Management and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions of Power Systems journals; and was a part-time lecturer for Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Jevon Martin leads the energy and decarbonisation strategy of Sibanye-Stillwater, an international precious metals company. He also serves as the chairperson and director of the Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa. He started his career in 2010 in power generation design engineering and later transitioned into management consulting. He has lead and executed several strategic projects within Eskom and Sibanye-Stillwater, providing experience in strategy development, business transformation, operations management, restructuring, post-merger integration (PMI), culture transformation and change management. He has also built an extensive understanding of the global and local electricity supply industry (ESI) from a strategic, technical, regulatory and commercial perspective. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town and has recently completed a master of business administration through Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom.
Herman is the previous Chairperson of the EIUG and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, with specialisation in Energy Management and is a Certified Energy Manager by the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) in the USA. He is a subject matter expert in energy with a strong background in energy and utility strategy formulation, energy management, electricity pricing, utilities procurement and stakeholder management. He has over 20 years work experience in developing sourcing strategies, implementing total cost of ownership savings ideas, negotiation and execution of power supply contracts and managing the utility category to increase the overall sustainability of operations.
Seeralan is a heavy current electrical engineer who obtained his BSc Electrical Engineering degree in 2002 from the University of Natal, Durban (UKZN). He has over 18 years’ experience working predominantly in the mining industry and started his career as a junior engineer for the then Kumba Resources. He progressed in the Mining industry through various roles in project engineering, maintenance management, and energy management, obtaining his Government Certificate of Competence (GCC) for both Mining and Factories, and Certified Energy Manager Accreditation (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Seeralan is also registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer (PrEng) and is currently in the role of Principal Electrical Engineer at Exxaro Resources Mining Group based at their Corporate Office in Centurion.
Fanele Mondi is a leader with a solid experience in energy management. Before joining the EIUG, he worked at Eskom for over 23 years of which 12 years he was a senior manager. He held various positions in Generation, Distribution and Corporate Divisions. These roles have allowed him to acquire a broad experience and knowledge in maintenance, production, engineering, projects and program management, strategy evaluation, assurance audits and electricity regulations. Prior to that, early on in his career, he had short stints in the motor vehicle and confectionary industries. He has qualifications in engineering, project management and business leadership which include National Higher Diploma – Mech Engineering (PE Technikon), Global Executive Development Program (UP – GIBS) and Master of Business Leadership (Unisa – SBL).
Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC) Leadership
Dr Storm Potts is the Head of Global Climate Change and Policy within the Portfolio Strategy and Sustainability team at Sasol. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Industry Task Team on Climate Change. She has a passion for establishing the business case for sustainability and climate action and translating this into actional programmes. Her current portfolio spans all areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, where she works directly with technical and policy teams to ensure a holistic climate change response.
Dr Potts holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from Stellenbosch University and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, with a thesis entitled “An Exploratory Study of the South African Concentrated Solar Power Sector using the Technological Innovation Systems Framework”.
Dr Lerato Khumalo is a Senior Associate for Climate Strategy within the Strategy and Business Transformation function in Exxaro. She currently serves as the Co-Vice Chairperson for the Industry Task Team on Climate Change. She has more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the fields of air quality management and climate change, with previous employment in the environmental consultancy industry from 2005. She was employed by Exxaro in 2012 as the Group Specialist: Air Quality and Climate Change, playing a more technical and advisory role within the Sustainability function. In her current role within the Strategy and Business Transformation function, she is working with the team on decarbonisation of the business, strategy and execution risks, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the Just Transition from a business transformation angle and stakeholder engagement in the climate space. Over the years, she has built extensive understanding of climate policy from a national and global perspective, technical aspects of climate change, energy efficiency and the compilation of Exxaro’s CDP responses on annual basis from 2015. She also plays an advisory role to the function and group in these areas. Dr Khumalo currently holds a PhD degree in Chemical Technology from the University of Pretoria, which she completed in 2020.
Dr Andries Gustav Stephanus Gous represents Harmony Gold at the ITTCC as a technical specialist on GHG emissions and carbon tax. He has been part of multiple carbon, GHG emissions and energy analyses across different energy intensive industries. He is currently a consultant at ETA Operations with a focus on carbon tax, GHG inventories and energy efficiency incentives for large industrial facilities.
Dr Gous completed his engineering undergraduate and post graduate studies at the North West University. He completed his PhD studies in 2017 with the thesis entitled: “A practical approach to quantify carbon tax in South Africa” which provides a framework to manage the practical ramifications of quantification and assurance of GHG emissions for carbon tax in South Africa.