Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling small-scale embedded generation in SA

April 18th, 2019, Published in Uncategorised articles

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on:
“Ensuring a just energy transition in South Africa”.

DATE: 7 May 2019
TIME: Breakfast: 09h00 to 10h00; Seminar 10h00 to 13h30; Lunch and refreshments: 13h30 to 14h30
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)

The seminar covers the need for a just energy transition in South Africa to ensure environmental sustainability and reduce the carbon intensity of South Africa – issues of job creation, education, training, re-skilling and geo-location of clean energy resources for maximum impact and least cost.

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Thabang Chiloane


Prof. Mark Swilling
Zwelinzima Vavi
Dr Roediger Lotz
Mike Levington

Thabang Chiloane

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

Thabang Chiloane 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, Chiloane 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.

Prof. Mark Swilling

Since 1 January 2019, Prof. Mark Swilling has served as Chairman of the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), after having been appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director in August 2014.

Since 2015, Prof. Swilling has been Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University, and since 2003, he has been Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University.

From 1998 to 2003, Prof. Swilling was an Executive Director of the Spier Group of Companies, and from 1993 to 1997, he was Director and Professor at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof. Swilling holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick (1994); an Honours degree from the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (1983); and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (1981).

Since 2007, Prof. Swilling has been a member of the International Resource Panel (convened by UN Environment), and an Edward P. Bass Distinguished Environmental Scholar for 2018, Yale University, USA.

He is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sheffield and Utrecht, and in 2010 he received the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award for best contribution to sustainability in leadership education.

With Eve Annecke, Prof. Swilling is co-author of Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World, and his next book is The Sustainability Age: Just Transitions in a Complex World (2019).

Zwelinzima Vavi

Zwelinzima Joseph Vavi was born on 20 December 1962 on a farm in Hanover, Northern Cape, the 10th child in a family of 12. He was a child labourer, working on neighbouring farms. He matriculated in 1983 and attended Maritaaz Technical College where he obtained a secretarial qualification.

Vavi’s career in the labour movement started in 1984 when he was working as a clerk on the Uranium plant of Vaal Reefs no 8 shaft, where he joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as an organizer in 1987. Subsequently, he was fired from AngloGold following a massive miners’ strike. He then joined Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) as a volunteer in 1988.

From 1988 to 1992, he was the regional secretary of COSATU in Western Transvaal. From 1990 to 1992, he was an interim Chair of COSATU in Vaal Triangle sub-region. He also served as COSATU’s deputy general secretary from 1993 to 1999. From 1999 to 2015, he served as the General Secretary of COSATU. He served on the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Commission on globalisation. In 1999, Vavi succeeded Mbhazima Shilowa, former the Gauteng Premier, as general secretary of COSATU.

In May 2010, the African National Congress (ANC) threatened to charge Vavi with ill-discipline. He has been critical of the ANC and government’s economic policies especially the 1996 Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) policy.

In August 2013, Vavi was suspended by COSATU, and in 2015, Vavi spoke out against the expulsion of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the biggest union in the COSATU federation. NUMSA was expelled for allegedly contravening COSATU’s constitution.

In March 2015, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of COSATU voted vote to expel Vavi, his support for NUMSA being one of the major factors contributing to his expulsion.

Vavi subsequently formed the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), of which NUMSA is its biggest member union. Vavi currently serves as General Secretary of SAFTU.

Dr Ruediger Lotz

Dr Ruediger Lotz is Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the Economics and Global Issues Department at the German Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa.

He entered the German diplomatic service in 1993. Since then he has worked in various fields both within the Federal Foreign Office in Germany and abroad.

From 2013 to 2016, Dr Lotz was head of the Ministry´s Department for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Colombia, Austria (OSCE), Afghanistan and Serbia.  He also was assigned to the UN mission in Kosovo, the International Civilian Office in Kosovo and the office of the European Union special representative in Northern Macedonia.

Before coming to South Africa, Dr Lotz was posted to the German Embassy Ankara, Turkey, where he held the position of Head of the Embassy’s Economic Section. At the same time, he was Germany´s Regional Coordinator for Refugees and Migration, following refugee-related issues in all countries from Greece to Pakistan.

Dr Lotz studied law in Berlin, Lausanne and León, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University´s Kennedy School of Government. His PhD thesis covered legal regulations for Dismissals in Labor Law in Germany and Spain, respectively.

Besides German, he speaks four other languages: English, French, Spanish and Serbian. Dr Lotz is married and has two children.

Mike Levington

Mike Levington has over 25 years’ experience of structuring and marketing commodity and energy transactions in London, New York and South Africa.

In 1998, he became head of commodities for Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a leading South African investment bank. Within that portfolio, Mike was also responsible for managing RMB’s interest in Nufcor International Ltd, and the Marketplace Company, a company that specialised in establishing electricity markets and managed the New Zealand and Singapore wholesale electricity markets. Mike established an energy practice for RMB that advised clients, including large corporates and BEE companies, which were interested in investigating opportunities in the South African energy sector.

In 2005, he became chief investment officer of Worldwide African Investment Holdings (now Phembani Holdings), a leading BEE investment house that focused on the sub-Saharan energy space. He successfully implemented Worldwide’s entry into the coal-mining sector, and served for a number of years on the Coal Industry Task Team (CITT), a committee representing stakeholders in the coal mining and beneficiation sector.

In 2008, Mike established Navitas Holdings (Pty) Ltd as a general energy investment holding company that is the 100% owner of Kabi Energy (Pty) Ltd, a black-owned and controlled renewable energy development and investment company.

Mike been heavily involved in the South African energy sector. Until April 2017, after 3 years as interim CEO and vice chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), mike chaired its Green Economy Working Group. He also served as a board member of the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) until April 2017.

Mike has also represented the solar PV industry on a number of stakeholder working groups as a member of:

  • Expert Reference Group (ERG) for the SIP8 and SIP10 Strategic Environmental Assessment processes.
  • BUSA Energy Task Team making input to the Eskom War Room in 2015
  • NEDLAC Business Energy Task Team.
  • Ministerial Advisory Council for Energy (MACE), and chairman of the MACE IRP Working Group making recommendations to Minister Joemat-Petterssen on the 2016 Update to IRP.
  • BRICS Energy and Green Economy Working Group.
  • IDC / SANEDI / SAPVIA / SAWEA Steering Committee for the Battery Energy Storage for Solar PV and Wind, to establish the pathway for battery storage to be introduced into South Africa.

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