Sep 22, 2022

Opportunities and barriers for women in South Africa’s energy transition

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Women are under­rep­re­sent­ed in the ener­gy sec­tor. Glob­al­ly, women hold around one fifth of the jobs in the oil and gas indus­try and less than a third of the jobs in the renew­able ener­gy sec­tor. The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar in South Africa, where women account for just 31% of the employ­ees of state-owned elec­tric­i­ty util­i­ty Eskom and 21% of the work­force in the coal sec­tor. Female under­rep­re­sen­ta­tion is cur­rent­ly even worse in South Africa’s renew­able ener­gy sec­tor, where women account for only 14% of employees.

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Sep 20, 2022

Mpumalanga’s Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane on women in the energy transition

Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsi­pane, Prime Min­is­ter of Mpumalan­ga (© IASS)

Women should be at the fore­front of the ener­gy tran­si­tion in Mpumalan­ga: that’s what the Pre­mier of the South African province, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsi­pane, said on the side lines of the Mpumalan­ga Ener­gy Sum­mit 2022 (24−25 May). Mtshweni-Tsi­pane said that women had been dis­ad­van­taged for too long, and that they should be giv­en more oppor­tu­ni­ties since they are capa­ble, com­mit­ted, and ded­i­cat­ed to their tasks.

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Sep 18, 2022

Women in South Africa’s power sector: Vuyo Matiwane

Vuyo, Grid man­ag­er at BTE Renew­ables (© IASS)

Vuy­ol­wethu Mati­wane, or Vuyo, is a Tech­ni­cal Project Devel­op­ment Man­ag­er (for­mer­ly Grid man­ag­er) at BTE Renew­ables, an ener­gy pro­duc­er with util­i­ty-scale wind and solar projects across Africa. She holds a Bach­e­lor in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and is cur­rent­ly con­clud­ing her Master’s in Wind Ener­gy at DTU in Denmark.

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Sep 12, 2022

Workshop: Measuring Air Quality and Health Co-benefits of Renewables

The work­shop is open for every­one. No reg­is­tra­tion needed.

What are the newest method­olog­i­cal approach­es in assess­ing the health effects of air pol­lu­tion relat­ed to fos­sil fuel com­bus­tion? Which online tools are avail­able for rough esti­mates? Which polit­i­cal effect does it have to argue with the numbers?

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Sep 06, 2022

Women in South Africa’s power sector: Lenah Mabusela

Lenah Mabusela, Pow­er Engi­neer at Glo­beleq (© IASS)

Lenah Mabusela is a Pow­er Engi­neer at Glo­beleq, an inter­na­tion­al pow­er com­pa­ny. Hav­ing grown up in a town­ship, she chose engi­neer­ing because it was con­sid­ered a sta­ble career. A bur­sary from ESKOM, South Africa’s state-owned elec­tric­i­ty util­i­ty, enabled her to study Elec­tri­cal Engineering.

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