Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling embedded generation in SA

June 11th, 2019, Published in Uncategorised articles

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on:
“Enabling small- and medium-scale embedded generation in SA”

The 2nd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers

DATE: Tuesday 25 June 2019
TIME: 09h00 to 13h00, with a networking finger lunch and refreshments thereafter
VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
PARKING: Ample parking is available
COST: R150 pp (inc VAT) payable at the door (cash or credit card)

It is widely acknowledged that small-scale embedded generation, such as roof-top solar PV and other embedded generation technologies, can deliver several thousand MW of new generation capacity to the grid in one to two years, at no cost to Eskom or the fiscus.

However, policy, regulatory and planning uncertainty, and misguided efforts to protect the vested interests of the incumbents and the status quo, is delaying and frustrating the roll-out of small-scale embedded generation, to the detriment of electricity customers, job creation and the economy.

The seminar explores the role of small and medium-scale embedded generation and a ”smart grid” in meeting the electrical energy needs of the future – the necessary business case, policy, regulatory and financing environment for behind-the-meter solutions such as rooftop solar PV and other distributed generation.

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Mr Thabang Chiloane


Ms Nomfundo Maseti
Dr Clinton Carter-Brown
Mr Richard Nelson
Mr Niveshen Govender

Thabang Chiloane

Thabang Chiloane is currently the divisional executive for the Nedbank Group Strategic Relations & Public Affairs division

Thabang is a well-experienced communication professional whose work in government has provided him with innumerable contacts and invaluable understanding and insights into the working of government.

Between 2006 and 2008, Thabang was in charge of communications for the deputy president of South Africa. Earlier in his career, he headed up communications for the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing and the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport. He also spent two years as director, news service at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

A graduate of the Argus School of Journalism, Thabang also has a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Charles Sturt University in Australia, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg.

Thabang serves as a Member of the Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) representing Organised Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Information Communication, Technology and Governance Committee. He also serves on the Council Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Planning and Resources Committee and the Student Services Council at TUT.

Thabang’s journalism experience includes stints with Pretoria News and the SABC, where he won the African Journalist of the Year award in 1999. His current work in the private sector at Nedbank completes the proverbial circle.

He has no personal investments in the energy space and thus not conflicted.

Nomfundo Maseti

Nomfundo Maseti is currently the full-time regulator member at Nersa, responsible for piped-gas and electricity. She also previously served as full-time regulator member responsible for petroleum pipelines.

She started her career in the competition law and policy environment where she held various positions at the Competition Commission of SA from early 2000 until 2007.

Nomfundo subsequently joined the Department of Trade and Industry in February 2007 until November 2010, where she held various positions and served as Chief Director responsible for policy and legislative formulation, and corporate and consumer regulation in the areas of competition and consumer policy and law, the Estate Agency Affairs Act, liquor and gambling.

She joined Nersa in 2010 as an Executive Manager responsible for piped-gas regulation until she was appointed in March 2014 as a Full-Time Regulator Member for Piped-Gas.

Nomfundo holds a BA Honours degree in economics and a postgraduate diploma in economics for competition law.


Dr Clinton Carter-Brown

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown is the Energy Centre Manager at the CSIR, where he leads the energy research agenda of the CSIR.

The CSIR Energy Centre plays a central role in shaping and implementing the organisation’s energy research agenda, and provides a knowledge base for the SA energy transition – the move towards a more sustainable and cleaner energy future in which energy is used more efficiently and sustainably.

Clinton spent 18 years in Eskom, after which he joined the engineering consulting firm Aurecon and was seconded to the DoE IPP Office and then to the CSIR. He has extensive experience in energy systems, distribution electrical utility management, power system simulation, expansion planning, generation procurement and grid integration.

Clinton has BSc (Cum Laude), MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer with the ECSA, and is the recipient of the SAIEE Young Achievers Award for 2003, and 2003 Eskom Chairman’s Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation. He was awarded 2012 Specialist of the Year in the Eskom Technology Group, and is the outgoing SA representative on CIGRE Study Committee C6 for distribution systems and distributed generation.


Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson is the Deputy Coordinator for Power Africa, based in Pretoria.

Previously he was the Senior Resident Legal Officer in the USAID/Southern Africa Mission, in Pretoria, and was also posted in Bangkok and Baghdad.

Prior to joining USAID Richard worked for Dell Inc in Austin, Texas, as an emerging markets strategist working closely with foreign governments in negotiating investment MOUs, advocating corporate interests and analysing economic development trends. While at Dell, he also was involved in corporate social responsibility efforts in India relating to education sponsorship.

Prior to joining Dell, Richard worked for the investment bank of Wachovia Securities and the law firm of McGuire Woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, focusing on capital markets credit transactions. Richard also spent a year as an English professor at Qingdao University in China.

Richard is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998) and Brigham Young University (BA English, minor in Russian, 1995) and is a member of the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars.


Niveshen Govender

Niveshen Govender has a background in renewable energy policy with a focus on solar technology, sustainable / renewable energy technology projects, environmental sciences, carbon management, climate change, programme management and enterprise development.

Through his career, he has worked on the drafting of policies, regulations and national strategic documents in the renewable energy space. He has implementation experience focused on many low carbon technologies and sustainable projects in the energy, water and food security sectors as well as flagship green economy projects.

Responsible for SAPVIA, Niveshen works closely with more than 300 companies through the value chain of solar PV. In the last two years, he has championed the development and implementation of a voluntary quality mechanism, the PV GreenCard. The programme is based on skills development, standardization and documentation for small scale embedded generation solar PV systems.

Niveshen has a BSc Hons degree in environmental monitoring and modelling from the University of South Africa, and a BSc Biological Sciences degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He further completed a postgraduate programme in project management at the University of Pretoria, and is a GrowthWheel Certified Advisor, able to provide guidance and strategic direction to businesses to promote growth and development.

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