2 November 2021- the Energy Council of South Africa was launched by founding members from across the energy value chain, both public and private. The Council will play a leading and collaborative role in the development and transition of the country’s energy sector.
The initiative is led by CEOs from Anglo American, Central Energy Fund (CEF), Eskom, Exxaro, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), Sasol, TotalEnergies South Africa and Naamsa, who will serve on the interim board.
“The Energy Council’s purpose is to serve as the collective and unified voice of the energy sector in South Africa. We aim to play a leadership role in driving stakeholder and policy alignment, and assist in addressing major issues across the energy landscape, to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for inclusive economic growth. With the founding member companies on board, we look forward to welcoming new members as we progress developing the enabling infrastructure required to effectively run the Council,” said Fleetwood Grobler interim Chairperson, Energy Council of South Africa.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is a key stakeholder of the Council and Mr. Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, said: “I congratulate all the companies involved in taking the initiative to establish this Council. There will now be one voice for the energy sector, and I look forward to working with the Council in developing a vision for the sector and a clear path to collectively realise this vision.”
While the Council will, in its initial stages, be focused on setting up legal and governance structures, the founding members will actively engage the DMRE on policy matters to develop optimal pathways to grow the energy sector’s contribution to the South African economy.