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The South African National Energy Association (SANEA), the South African member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC), represents a hub for the exchange of energy related information. In so doing, SANEA stimulates original thought and catalyses transformation of the Energy Sector.

To achieve this, SANEA strives to play a pivotal role in the future of energy in South Africa, bringing influential role-players together with a view of identifying and implementing sustainable and effective solutions, providing factual and relevant data and knowledge, strengthening the energy network in South Africa and globally, and enhancing awareness of energy issues in South Africa. To achieve its vision of "Energy People Working Together" SANEA is constantly looking for new opportunities to advance the energy sector, either by expanding its network of members or by increasing its range of activities.

Brian A Statham - Chairman
Brian A Statham


"Energy People Working Together"

“Energy is at the root of all social endeavours. Nothing can be achieved without it. Sadly, for so many years, we have taken energy for granted. We have used it indiscriminately in the apparent belief that reserves are infinite and we have been ignorant of the detrimental effects of inappropriate use.

More recently the oil shocks of the seventies and the political turmoil in various parts of the world have alerted us to our dependence on energy and to the potential limits of traditional sources of energy. Increasing awareness of the physical environment, and climate change in particular, has stimulated an enhanced awareness of the delicate balance that needs to be struck between the progressive development of mankind and the sustainability of the world in which we live.

The dilemma this balance represents is as acute in South Africa as it is anywhere else in the world. We are in the process of tremendous social transformation and development of millions of people who have been deprived of access to the mainstream activities of the modern economy. The demand for modern commercial energy to support this social and economic transformation will represent a growth in energy requirements greater than experienced in living memory. On the other hand, as South Africa increasingly becomes a player on the global stage, we will be under pressure to exhibit environmental and energy custodianship in line with the most developed of nations.

SANEA, as a non-partisan, diverse energy association with international networks, has an opportunity, in fact an obligation, to make a significant contribution to charting a course for South Africa through this dilemma. To deliver on this obligation will require strong and visible leadership from the Board of SANEA and the concerted effort of all SANEA members.

This Business Plan sets out the first steps on this very important journey towards our vision of “Energy People Working Together” to achieve the sustainable supply and use of energy for the benefit of all."

Brian A Statham


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"To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy."

Strategic Intent

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“To be acknowledged as a credible centre of knowledge, expertise and opinion on energy matters”

Core Values

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Core Value Description
Professionalism Our Honesty, Integrity and Behaviour are beyond reproach
Passion We believe in and are enthusiastic about everything we do
Respect We recognize and value the specific contribution of everyone we engage with
Commitment We take our responsibilities as members and officials seriously
Non-Partisan We will act in the best interests of the collective membership of the association as a whole


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In 1923 an energy forum was established by power engineers from 24 countries. The World Power Conference held in 1924 saw the establishment of a permanent organisation, now known as the World Energy Council (WEC) to continue dialogue on emerging energy issues. Initially the WEC was orientated towards the electricity industry, involving representatives of power utilities. However over the years the WEC evolved to become an "energy" organisation - incorporating all forms of energy.

Throughout its history, the WEC has been non-governmental and non-commercial and has thus been seen as objective and realistic in its analyses and agendas for action. In the 21st Century, we see the WEC continuing to grow and expand, building on its long and stable history as one of the key players in the global energy scene.

South Africa has been a member of the WEC since its inception. Until 1997 the national committee was known as the South African National Committee of the World Energy Council (SANCWEC) and was housed in, and managed by, Eskom. The Eskom Chief Executive was automatically the SANCWEC Chairman (past chairmen include Dr H J van der Bijl, Dr R L Straszacker, Dr Ian McRae, Allen Morgan). A brainstorming session by SANCWEC members in 1996 resulted in a change in direction.

The changes initiated were to become more representative of the diverse energy sectors in South Africa, to rotate chairmanship through the energy sectors and to move away from Eskom Chief Executives assuming the role of chairman and to make a concerted effort to involve as many energy-related organisations in the activities of SANEA as possible.

During 1998 a new constitution was drafted and SANCWEC was formally renamed as SANEA. 1999 saw the election of the first Board under the new SANEA constitution and the cutting of administrative dependence on Eskom. During 2000- 2003, SANEA substantially reviewed its business position within the context of becoming independent and viable in its own right. This review process saw SANEA registering as a Section 21 Company (not for gain).

Board of Directors and Management

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SANEA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the members. The current Chairman of SANEA is Mr Brian Statham.

Turners Conferences has been contracted to provide secretariat services to SANEA.

Marketecture TMS have been contracted to provide marketing services to SANEA.

Media in Africa has been contracted to provide communication and publication services.

Current Board of Directors

Brian Statham   Chairman
Dave Wright Engen Petroleum Limited Secretary-General
Brian Day Cennergi Managing Director
Vicky Basson Kwa-Zulu Natal Energy Services  
Thulani Gcabashe BuiltAfrica Holdings  
Heloise Nel Accenture  
Ayanda Noah Eskom  
Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi Department of Energy  
Mike Stead Engen Petroleum Limited  
Alison von Ketelhodt Sasol  
Sicelo Xulu City Power Johannesburg  
Silas Zimu Suzlon Wind Energy  

Past SANEA Chairpersons

Sipho Nkosi Exxaro Resources 2004 - 2007
Fred Phaswana Chairman BP SA 1999 – 2004
Allen Morgan Eskom 1996 - 1999

Past SANEA Directors

James Arnott Accenture 2007 - 2014
Dr Chris Cooper Central Energy Fund 2007 - 2014
Ernst Venter Exxaro Resources 2008 - 2012
Rose Phetoe NERSA 2005 - 2007
Jean Madzongwe DBSA 2004 - 2008
Dr Benny Mokaba Private 2009 - 2010
Geoff Matjiu BP South Africa 2002 - 2006
Anton Eberhard University of Cape Town 2001 - 2006
Kevin Morgan BHP Billiton 2006 - 2011
Marius Willemse RAPS 2000 - 2008
Maurice Radebe Exel Petroleum 2000 - 2001
Emil Rourke BHP-Billiton 1999 - 2001
Chris Lithloe SAD-Elec 1999 - 2000

Management of SANEA

Executive Committee

An Executive Committee comprising directors and other members is responsible for the day to day management of SANEA. The committee meets on a monthly basis. Executive Committee Members take on accountability for driving specific aspects of SANEA’s business. The Executive Committee may co-opt additional persons from the Body of SANEA Members to take on certain duties.

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