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CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES – STAFF

Professor Sampson Mamphweli

PROF SAMPSON MAMPHWELI

Director


Professor Sampson Mamphweli holds a Masters degree from the University of Venda and a PhD from the University of Fort Hare. He also possesses a number of certificates in Renewable Energy and a Mini-MBA certificate in Green Energy from the Green Power Academy in Britain.
He has published more than 48 research articles in peer reviewed journals including three book chapters. In addition, he has published 28 articles in refereed conference proceedings. He has also presented more than 30 research articles in national and international conferences including 12 invited presentations and keynote addresses. Professor Mamphweli has supervised and co supervised 25 Masters and PhD students to completion.
Prof Mamphweli began his career at the South African National Parks before moving to the University of Cape Town where he worked as a Research Technician. He subsequently joined the University of Fort Hare as an Eskom Research Fellow in 2005, conducting his PhD simultaneously. He moved up the academic ranks at the University of Fort Hare, from Researcher, to Senior Researcher, and became an Associate Professor.
Prof Mamphweli's primary area of specialization is biomass gasification and biogas digesters. During his tenure at the University of Fort Hare, he raised significant funding and implemented a considerable number of renewable energy projects in the Eastern Cape. He also managed a number of renewable energy projects on behalf of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture. He is a recipient of the prestigious University of Fort Hare Vice Chancellor's Emerging Researcher medal for the year 2012.
Prof Mamphweli joined Stellenbosch University in July 2017 as Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, a position he has held until present day. He became a full Professor in Process Engineering, and delivered his Inaugural address on the 26th April 2018.
Prof Mamphweli is a member of the South African Institute of Physics. In addition he is a member of a number of committees that deal with renewable energy issues at national government level. He is also the Co-Director of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Energy. The CoE is based at Stellenbosch University and it deals with research on the Food, Energy and Water nexus.

E-mail: mamphweli (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4251

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Bernard Bekker

DR BERNARD BEKKER

Eskom Chair in Power System Simulation and Associate Director


Dr Bernard Bekker obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, studying off-grid electrification projects. He originally trained as an electronic engineer, working in banking as a systems & network analyst, before redirecting his career towards his two passions: green building and renewable energy. After co-founding a solar PV company which continues (via an acquisition in 2015) as one of the top commercial installers in South Africa today, he joined a hybrid inverter design and manufacturing company as CEO in 2014. In June 2017 he joined Stellenbosch University, focusing his research on power system planning and operation, specifically related to the increasing prevalence of grid-connected distributed storage and generation.

E-mail: bbekker (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4041

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Dr Neill Goosen

DR NEILL GOOSEN

Director - ARUA


Dr. Neill Goosen completed all his studies at Stellenbosch University and holds a BEng., MSc.Eng. and PhD in Chemical Engineering. At CRSES, he has assumed the Directorship of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Energy. ARUA is an alliance of 16 research-focussed African Universities that have realised the need to increase the quantity and quality of research emanating from the continent. Stellenbosch University hosts the Centre of Excellence in Energy, which aims to investigate how to best integrate renewable energy into African food systems and value chains in order to address the large climate impact of agriculture, and to increase yields and reduce post-harvest losses of agricultural produce. The Centre will do collaborative research with various African partner universities (both ARUA and non-ARUA universities), and also act as a platform to bring together multidisciplinary teams to address some of the most difficult energy-related developmental problems in Africa.

Email: njgoosen (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4069

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Ms Karin Kritzinger

MS KARIN KRITZINGER

Researcher


Ms Karin Kritzinger holds a bachelors degree in commerce and a master degree in philosophy (renewable energy) from Stellenbosch University. Having originally trained as an accountant then farming for 16 years, she has a solid understanding of energy and resource flows. She has worked as an independent sustainable energy consultant and was the sector development manager of energy efficiency at the GreenCape Initiative until January 2013. In February 2013 she was appointed as a researcher at Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES). She currently holds the position of senior researcher at CRSES and manages the inter university programme in power system simulation (IUP – PSS) within the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI). Her research areas include energy policy and finance, energy modeling and local government.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: karink (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Dr Richmore Kaseke

DR RICHMORE KASEKE

Research Engineer


Dr Richmore Kaseke holds a PhD in Physics from University of Fort Hare. He was a founding member of the Measurement and Verification (M&V) Team at the University of Fort Hare in 2005 and worked as an M&V Team Technician since then. He was later promoted in 2007 to M&V Team Senior Engineer, a position he held till 2012. The role included assessment of the feasibility of Energy Management Opportunities (EMO’s), develop and plan methodologies for project assessment. He was then appointed in 2012 to 2020 as Measurement and Verification Researcher in the Fort Hare Institute of Technology. He has over 14 years of experience in Eskom IDM’s Measurement and Verification of energy savings (Energy Audits) in Residential, Commercial and Industrial energy use sector. He has over 8 years of human capital and project management experience. He is now holding a position of Senior Research Engineer (Project Manager) in the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at University of Stellenbosch, appointed in 2020. A Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, Dr Kaseke is a seasoned energy professional with great enthusiasm and unquenchable thirst to achieve successful design, implementation, commissioning and performance evaluation of energy projects.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: kaseke (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Ndamulelo Mararakanye

MR NDAMULELO MARARAKANYE

Research Engineer


Mr Ndamulelo Mararakanye is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He holds a BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) (with distinction) degree obtained from the University of Cape Town in 2013 and 2017 respectively. His MSc thesis focused on developing, modelling and simulation of control systems of hybrid power systems for rural electrification. He is appointed as a Research Engineer in the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: ndamulelo (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Angelo Buckley

MR ANGELO BUCKLEY

Research Engineer


Mr Angelo Buckley holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He successfully completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University and is employed as a Research Engineer at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: buckley (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Donald Fitzgerald

MR DONALD FITZGERALD

Research Engineer


Mr Don Fitzgerald holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the later of which focused on the design of a supersonic turbine running in the first stage of a liquid-propellant rocket engine turbopump. He began working for the CRSES in 2017 as part of an NRF-DST internship program, after which he was hired by the Centre as a research engineer focusing on solar PV, radiometric data collection and various smaller consulting based projects. Don also acts as a supervisor for final year Mechanical Engineering students and interns at the CRSES.

E-mail: don (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Simnikiwe Gulwa

MR SIMNIKIWE GULWA

Junior Research Engineer


Mr Simnikiwe Mlondolozi Gulwa is an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (light current) from Nelson Mandela University and he is busy completing his studies in Chemical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.

E-mail: gulwa (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Mark Reuter

MR MARK REUTER

Intern


Mr Mark Matthias Reuter is an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stellenbosch University where he completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Telecommunications). His current research is focused on thermal unit commitment with high share of VRE generation using data-driven optimisation methods.

E-mail: mmreuter (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Simnikiwe Gulwa

MRS SEDZANI RATSIBI

Project Commercialization Manager


Mrs Sedsani Ratsibi holds a Bachelor‘s degree in administration from the University of Venda and an MBA from the Regent Business school. She possess certificates in project administration and compliance management form getsmarter UCT, strategic management and knowledge management from UNISA and just completed a programme in advanced strategic management from UNISA school of business leadership. She have shadowed the ICT senior manager for the past five years and is able to understand cross-functional business activities such as IT business analysis, IT reporting and facilitation of IT risk assessments, maintaining IT risk register and risk reporting.

E-mail: sedzanir (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Ms Carmen Lewis

MS CARMEN LEWIS

EPPEI Administrator


Ms Carmen Lewis holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. She is currently completing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, studying the spectral impact of atmospheric constituents and clouds on solar irradiance for photovoltaic applications. At CRSES she has been appointed to manage the Renewable Energy Specialisation Centre (RE-SC) inter university program within the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: carmenl (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Ms Elmien Lovell

MS ELMIEN LOVELL

Administrative & Financial Officer


Ms Elmien Lovell graduated at Cape Peninsula University of Technology with BTECH: Business Admin and after that PGDIP in Labour Law at University of the Western Cape, currently busy with Master in Labour Law at University of the Western Cape. Working for nearly 15 years at the Stellenbosch University, currently the Administrative and Financial Officer for CRSES. She worked in the private sector before starting her career at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: elmienl (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4087

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Ms Linda Joka

MS LINDA JOKA

Marketing & Communications


Ms Linda Joka holds a Bachelor of Arts obtained at Grinnell College, Iowa, in the United States of America. Although her major subject is Political Science, she focused on marketing very early on in her career and has made this her chosen field. She has held brand management and marketing positions in a variety of sectors including ‐ services, retail, food and beverages, media, as well as trade and investment promotion. She joined the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies on 1 February 2019.

E-mail: lindajoka (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4069

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Sandelize Heydenrycht

MS SANDELIZE HEYDENRYCHT

Receptionist & Administrative Assistant


Ms Sandelize Heydenrycht holds a National Diploma in Management Assistant from Boland College Stellenbosch, aiming to study further in the near future. She is Receptionist and Assistant to the Director and Associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: sandyh (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4069

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Carla Nel

MS CARLA NEL

Marketing, Short Courses and Postgraduate Applications


Ms Carla Nel holds a National Diploma in Retail Business Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a diploma in Web Development and Design from Prestige College. She is an administrator who deals with the Short Courses, she also deals with Marketing and issues related to Post-Graduate studies in Renewable Energy.


E-mail: carlanel (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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