The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced the appointment of Ntombifuthi Ntuli as CEO. She will steer the R200 billion wind industry by drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience drawn from 14 years in energy and related sectors.

The SAWEA board believe that her active participation in policy and research environments of promoting the development of the local renewable energy industry, enable her to drive a vision for the South African wind industry to play a significant role in the country’s future energy system.

Ntuli takes the lead at a pivotal time in the country’s energy dialogue, where policy and leadership will drive changes that will impact South Africa’s future economic growth.  The energy transition requires an aptitude for working across a number of government sectors as well as labour groups and civil society.

“We are proud to welcome Ntombifuthi, who brings over a decade of energy knowledge and experience in policy and research together with an understanding of the local manufacturing, development and the broad economic impact of the renewable energy industry,” said Mercia Grimbeek, Chair of SAWEA. 

Ntuli most recently worked for the CSIR as a Research Group Leader: Energy Industry, where she focused on assessing the economic impacts of the energy sector transition including, jobs, SMME development, industrialisation as well as socio-economic development. 

She holds an MPhil Degree in Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg) and a Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (University of Witwatersrand). She is an Alumna of the United States International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) as well as the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE).  

She has worked at DTI as a Director: Green Industries responsible for facilitating the development of the local renewable energy manufacturing industry. Before joining the DTI, she spent 3 years at the Embassy of Denmark as a Coordinator for the Business to Business Programme, facilitating business linkages between Danish and South African companies. She also spent 7 years in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality working on Energy and Climate Change programmes.

SAWEA operates as a common law, voluntary not-for-profit association representing the South African wind industry, led by a Board that is primarily concerned with issues of governance and strategy.  

Mercia Grimbeek, elected Chair of SAWEA earlier in the year, is leading the association with her vision to see wind power as a positive driver of transformation and growth in South Africa. 

More information at www.sawea.org.za