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Planning for Disruption: Energy Solutions for Manufacturers

27/05/22 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am


A TWIMS Dialogue on Planning for Disruption: Energy Solutions for Manufacturers

South Africa has been in the middle of a highly disruptive energy crisis for almost a decade. The features of this crisis have resulted in unpredictable price adjustments, persistent bouts of load shedding and a decline in network reliability from various distributors. Alongside this, the key institutions that govern the South African energy environment have encountered complex internal pressures as well as facing a rapidly evolving global context in which older dominant modes of power generation and distribution are themselves facing change because of climate pressure. 

TWIMS is pleased to announce that together with one of South Africa’s foremost energy analysts, Chris Yelland (of EE Business Intelligence), we will be hosting a facilitated panel discussion on “Planning for Disruption: Energy Solutions for Manufacturers”. The hybrid breakfast/online seminar event will take place at TWIMS’ Kloof (Durban) campus on 27 May 2022. For those attending in person coffee and tea will start at 7:30am, with the seminar and online broadcast starting at 8:00am. 

Key issues to be discussed by the panel will include what can we expect from South Africa’s energy transition in the next 5-10 years? What will firms need to plan for in terms of factors such as energy security/load shedding, quality of supply, prices and lowering their carbon emissions, what lessons have been learnt from firms that have already made substantial changes to their energy approach and asses municipalities readiness and willingness to transition customers to a decentralised energy model.

Seminar Speakers

The panel will be facilitated by Liesel Kassier who is the Metair Head of Green Manufacturing at TWIMS. Our panellists are:

Sue Röhrs

Sue Röhrs

Sue Röhrs is an energy law specialist with 30 years experience as a legal practitioner in private practice, as Head of Legal for Sappi Southern Africa, as a director of Röhrslaw (a specialist energy law consulting business) and a founding director of Power Law.

Sue also advises industry and business associations on energy-related law and policy developments, having been a member of the NEDLAC business delegation engaging on the various iterations of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) before it was submitted to Cabinet for approval in 2019. She is very familiar with the law, regulation, policy and planning documents pertaining to electricity, both current and contemplated, and has engaged extensively with clients and with Government in this regard.

Murray Mason

Murray Mason

Murray Mason was born and raised in Greytown, KZN and has been involved in the forestry industry all his life.

He attained a BSc. Forestry from Stellenbosch University in 1992 and worked in the corporate forestry industry for three years before returning to manage the family forestry business in 1996. In 2006 he joined Bracken Timbers (also based in Greytown) as Forestry Director. Bracken Timbers has Forestry and Sawmilling divisions, as well as being involved in agricultural crops, charcoal and more recently avocados, macadamias and kiwifruit. In 2015 he became Managing Director at Bracken.

Bracken is a 60-year-old, Proudly South African company that aims to supply top quality products to the local and international market. Bracken strives to provide as many sustainable jobs to people in order to “build a better tomorrow”. Sustainable energy solutions, such as their recent solar installation at their sawmill, is seen as a very important part of this long-term objective.

Chris Yelland

Chris Yelland

Chris Yelland obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Natal in 1976 and was the founder and managing director at EE Publishers (Pty) Ltd, the publisher of EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT magazines.

After the closure of EE Publishers on 29 November 2019, Chris started a new company, EE Business Intelligence (Pty) Ltd, to focus on important strategic issues facing the electricity, energy and ICT sectors in South Africa and the region.

In 2018, Chris was awarded the prestigious South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) President’s Award “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the South African electrical engineering industry”.

In February 2020, Chris was appointed associate consultant for leading financial services and capital markets research group, Intellidex and energy advisor to OUTA (Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse).

Chris is a fellow of the SAIEE, a senior member of the IEEE (USA), and a member of the IET (UK). He is also a registered Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council in the UK.

Leshan Moodliar

Leshan Moodliar is a passionate and energetic engineer employed by eThekwini Municipality as a Project Executive. After graduating with a BSc engineering degree 15 years ago, Leshan has focused his time and energy in specialising in the field of electricity pricing and renewable strategies.

Leshan has capitalised on the need to promote renewable energy in a cost-reflective and efficient manner whilst balancing the social dynamic of providing basic services to the citizens of eThekwini.

Leshan is active on numerous national and international energy platforms and continues to extract and build on this experience to uplift the renewable energy sector within the country.

Leshan has the ambition to drive the city to promote renewable energy technologies and to integrate higher levels of quality green power into the grid. This is an enormous task which Leshan chooses to accept as a challenge rather than a barrier.



7:30 am - 9:30 am
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TWIMS Campus
74 Everton Road, Everton
Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal 3610 South Africa
031 767 5202


031 767 5202