Eskom executive appointed President of GO15 steering board

October 25th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize

Thava Govender

Thava Govender, Eskom’s group executive for transmission and acting group executive for risk and sustainability has been appointed as the president of the GO15 steering board for 2017/2018.

Speaking at the GO15 annual meeting in Belgium, Govender said that as the new President, he has a personal stake – both emotionally and professionally, in the success of the organisation. The electricity industry is a catalyst for economic growth and as the only member from Africa, he appreciates the enormity of the role of president. The organisation, Govender said, has the potential to strengthen economic ties and socio-economic growth in Africa.

Eskom is a member of the GO15, an organisation which comprises 19 of the world’s largest grid operators from Asia, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Africa, USA, Middle East, Australia and Europe. These GO15 power grid operators deliver electricity to over half the world’s population, account for more than two-thirds of the global electricity consumption, and represent the backbone of connecting electricity producers and consumers.

According to Govender, the organisation plays a significant role in the energy value chain as the fourth industrial revolution causes organisations to become disruptors in their industries. This disruption means that organisations must be fast, agile, and digitise or live with the risk of failing, he said, adding that the GO15 is committed to taking its place as a prominent voice and player in the energy industry.

The GO15 acknowledges the unprecedented evolution of the power supply system and the substantial investments required in a transforming industry towards a carbon free society. The intent is to contribute to reliable and sustainable power grids at an affordable cost.

Alain Steven, GO15’s secretary general, said that the organisation has great confidence in Eskom’s ability to lead the organisation in 2017/2108. Eskom’s leadership and technical ability as a forefront industry player is comparable to the best in the world, said Steven, adding that Eskom plays an integral role in the organisation’s steering board which is responsible to deliver on key projects and provide innovative solutions for the transmission and system operator industry.

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