The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA)

The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) is one of the more active aluminium industry associations globally. It has, since 1981, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of aluminium in Southern Africa.

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REVOV sells lithium-iron batteries either as single units or in powerful systems made up of hundreds of batteries with a vision to provide freedom from the grid and provide storage for renewable energy generation.

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Forestry South Africa

Forestry South Africa (FSA) is South Africa’s largest forestry organisation representing growers of timber in South Africa.

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Why study at Cranefield College?

Wherever you are based, you can participate in live online classes and complete all assessments required to earn your certificate, diploma, or degree, through technology-enhanced distance learning.

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

In 2002, 500km² of agricultural land in the Little Karoo along the world-famous Route 62, was earmarked for the creation of a 58 000 hectare reserve. The vision was to conserve the heritage, ecosystems and landscapes, while creating employment opportunities in one of South Africa’s most dire rural areas. This dream was a big one.

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SRK Consulting

More than 45 years of experience underpin SRK Consulting’s contribution to sustainable engineering across a range of sectors – equipping the company to develop and apply integrated, long-term solutions that respect future generations.

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The PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO)

The PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO) was incorporated in 2004.

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The Council for Geoscience

The Council for Geoscience is the legislated custodian of all on-shore and off-shore geoscience data and information in South Africa. It aims to use this information to support national development imperatives and to find solutions to critical socioeconomic and natural challenges. The Council for Geoscience aims to find these solutions through high-resolution integrated and multidisciplinary geoscience mapping throughout South Africa. The geoscience mapping programme focusses on the following selected key themes: geoscience for minerals and energy; infrastructure and land-use; water, environment and health; geoscience innovation and geoscience diplomacy. The Council for Geoscience has a national footprint, with offices in Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and the Northern Cape. It is also supported by a geoscience analytical facility, national seismic monitoring array and the national core repository of South Africa. To enable effective and widespread geoscience data collection, the Council for Geoscience has a number of critical assets. These include extensive on-shore and off-shore, ground- and air-based geophysical instrumentation; aircraft and drone capabilities, drilling capacity and hyperspectral core scanning facilities. With more than 120 years of geoscience data collection and curation, the Council for Geoscience enables science communication and data sharing through its geoscience data portal and library and the national geoscience museum.

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Newly appointed board member Chanda Nxumalo shares Exxaro’s climate change vision

Exxaro recently announced the appointment to its board of a trailblazer in the climate change and renewable energy space. Chanda Joanne Nxumalo is the resource company’s latest Independent Non-Executive Director, and she’s set to play a key role in Exxaro’s energy growth strategy.

Nxumalo is an electrical engineer by training, having also obtained a master’s degree in engineering, economics and management from the University of Oxford. With over 15 years of experience working locally and internationally in the renewable energy sector, Nxumalo has the know-how to support Exxaro’s focus on realising value through clean and renewable energy.

She started her career as an engineer, tightening nuts and bolts on wind turbines in the United States before making the move to working on energy projects across Africa as a renewable energy consultant. This means that she truly understands all aspects of the renewable energy business.

As a lifelong learner, Nxumalo is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skill set as a result of joining such an experienced and knowledgeable board. “My passion is driving change, and Exxaro has a very exciting strategy to drive sustainability and to facilitate a Just Transition both in the minerals and energy sectors,” she explains

Although our economy is still reliant on coal-powered energy, Nxumalo is excited about the opportunities we have to reimagine a renewable energy future for the country. “South Africa has an endowment of not only coal and minerals but also of renewable energy potential with options that include solar, wind, hydro and other new technologies. As a country, we can really benefit from using these resources. In South Africa, even the province with the worst solar resource has better solar resource than Germany, which has 52 gigawatts of solar energy installed. We only have 4 gigawatts of energy installed, so there is still so much potential for growth,” Nxumalo adds.

Exxaro shares this vision and has been incorporating renewable energy solutions into its portfolio since 2010. The company’s acquisition of the remaining 50% of Cennergi, which owns and operates wind farms in the Eastern Cape, is the first step on a journey to be carbon neutral by 2050.

She agrees that businesses have a critical role to play when it comes to decreasing carbon emissions and global warming. Companies need to focus on reducing carbon emissions as well as fossil fuel energy usage looking at energy efficiency measures, reducing demand and assessing the energy system holistically.

Like Exxaro, Nxumalo is passionate about ensuring a Just Transition to a low-carbon future. “We need to take into consideration the communities that we’re working with, putting in place measures to enable them to participate in the changing economies that will emerge in the future. This includes providing training and retraining for the staff of Exxaro, and also extend to finding ways to support small businesses and communities.”

As a young Black woman in the renewable energy space, she understands how important diversity and representation are if the sector is to thrive. Nxumalo recalls that the first conference she spoke at, she was the only woman, the only person of colour, and the only person younger than 25 speaking. “It’s essential to see someone like you in a position that you can aspire to. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we need to understand that differences are strengths and not weaknesses. Without diversity, we risk not being able to progress as a company and as a society.”

Nxumalo’s message for young girls and women who want to pursue a career in the energy sector is to go for it. She sees that women often are held back by questioning themselves and self-doubt. “You are smart, you are capable, you can do this, so just do it.” She advises them to get involved and learn from the experience of others. 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo welcomed Nxumalo to the board, emphasising how pleased he was that her vision for the future aligned so perfectly with Exxaro’s. “By joining forces with like-minded people who share our passion for ensuring a better tomorrow, we know that our vision to power possibility through clean and renewable energy technology ventures is on track to becoming a reality,” Mgojo concluded.

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