May 22, 2024

Energy Council launches South Africa’s Member Committee of UN-accredited World Energy Council at Enlit Africa 2024.

James Mackay, CEO of the Energy Council of South Africa

The Energy Council of South Africa has launched the newly formed World Energy Council (WEC) South Africa Member Committee at the Enlit Africa conference in Cape Town.

The World Energy Council is the oldest independent and impartial energy community, which connects leaders, professionals, policymakers, industries and innovators across the world. The newly formed WEC South Africa Committee aims to tap into the international networks for global best practice on market reforms, energy provision and sustainability.

The members are of the WEC South Africa Committee are:

Director General in the Department of Mineral Resources,
Jacob Mbele

Eskom General Manager of Strategy and Planning,
Matthew Mflathelwa

CEO of South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi),
Dr Titus Mathe

CEO of Siemens Energy,
Thabo Molekoa

CEO of Seriti Green,
Peter Venn

Head of Power, Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank,
Rentia van Tonder

Mpact Group Energy Manager and Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) member,
Rosalind Dos Santos

Sappi Senior Regional Electrical Engineer,
Martin Mthembu

Director of the Energy System Research Group at the University of Cape Town,
Prof. Harro von Blottnitz

Director of the Centre for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch,
Prof. Cristina Trois


The objectives of the committee, which held its inaugural meeting on 15 May, include:

  • Providing a platform for dialogues for players from across the energy sector,
  • Being an authoritative voice on energy debates and policies while drawing on the World Energy Council fact-based insights and tools,
  • Showcasing best practices and innovations in a regional and global context
  • Supporting the development of effective energy regulations and frameworks, and
  • Focusing on developing a thriving and sustainable energy future for South Africa, while supporting inclusive economic growth.

Members of the South African National Committee will host a panel discussion at Enlit this afternoon (16.15 – 17.30), discussing: ‘collaborating at scale; re-positioning SA’s energy transition and bringing everyone along’.

More about the WEC

The WEC is a UN accredited not-for-profit global energy organisation established in 1923 with presence in over 100 countries and over 3000-member sub-committees. The WEC offers broad knowledge and planning tools to members to be able to support energy leaders, professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders to understand and manage energy changes and systems.

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