South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage

 




Our Team

Dr A.D Surridge

Dr A.D Surridge

Position General Manager : Cleaner Fossil Fuels

Dr Surridge was engaged by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy, first as a Deputy Director and then from April 1995 as a Director. He was responsible for matters related to electricity, renewable energy, environment, energy efficiency, energy database, coal and gas and petroleum. He drafted South Africa’s first National Integrated Energy Plan, inter alia drafted four pieces of legislation, negotiated a number of international agreements, and represented South Africa at numerous international gatherings including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Programme and as Co-Vice-Chairman of the Technical Group of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. Since December 2006, Dr Surridge is General Manager- Cleaner Fossil Fuel Use at the South African National Energy Development Institute. During 2009, he established and is currently the Head of the South Africa Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.

Mr Noel Kamrajh

Mr Noel Kamrajh

Position Project Manager : PCSP

Noel Kamrajh is an accomplished and highly effective Financial Specialist in Corporate, Structured & Project finance, Programme/Project Director & Head with a wealth of experience managing major industrial projects in the fields of renewable energy, mining, and Agro-Industries across the African continent. An innovative and visionary leader with polished communication skills and natural authority, who demonstrates the ability to build and motivate large, cross-functional and multi-cultural teams to complete quality work on time and within budget. A well-connected professional with the proven ability to negotiate strongly at both Government and Board level benefitting from solid technical capabilities and commercial acumen. He has worked for the Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa Limited amongst others. Currently Mr Kamrajh is the Project Manager for the South Africa’s Pilot Carbon Dioxide Storage Project.

Ms Evelyn Nyandoro

Ms Evelyn Nyandoro

Position SACCCS Manager

Evelyn Nyandoro joined the then SANERI (South African National Energy Research Institute) during August 2007 as a Research assistant. She reported to the senior manager for Cleaner Fossil Fuels as well as the senior manager for Clean Energy (Renewables). Following a job review process in February 2013, she was promoted to Project Coordinator to provide support to the SACCCS Manager in project management and coordination of project related activities. It was around this time that she enrolled with Milpark business school for a project management course which she completed with a distinction. Ms Nyandoro was part of the team that worked on the public/private collaborative projects like the South African Coal Roadmap and the South African Geological Atlas led by the Council for Geosciences. She has coordinated and managed the hosting of two successful conferences namely the 3rd South African CCS Conference 2013 held at Cedar Park Hotel in Sandton and the 4th South African CCS Conference 2015 held at Capitol 20 West Hotel titled “Capacitating South Africa for CCS”. Evelyn Nyandoro is currently the Manager for the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS) and is responsible for the technical development and stakeholder engagement of CCS in South Africa.

Ms Sibongile Zulu

Ms Sibongile Zulu

Position Financial Lead

Mr Thulani Maupa

Mr Thulani Maupa

Position Technical Lead

Mr. Thulani Maupa is currently the Technical Lead: PCSP at SACCCS since March 2015. He holds a BSc Honours and Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GDE) both from the University of the Witwatersrand, and also a Leadership Development Programme certificate from the University of Stellenbosch. He started his career at the then JCI as a Geologist at the South Deep Gold Mine, where he worked as a Structural Geologist. In 2001 he moved to Sasol Mining in Secunda, starting first at the Exploration Division where in 2002-03 achieved and Excellence award as part of the Directional Drilling Department. He then moved to Middelbult Colliery where he was responsible for implementing directional drilling in and underground section, at first for Sasol Mining. Between 2007 and 2013 he was the Geology Manager at CoAL, responsible for setting up exploration programme for Makhado and Vele Colliery projects in Limpopo Province with the latter developing into a mine. He is currently responsible for the implementation of the technical programme for the PCSP, including the Pilot CO2 Monitoring Project at Bongwana.

Ms Polly Modiko

Ms Polly Modiko

Position Stakeholder Engagement Lead : SACCCS & PCSP

Ms Polly Modiko heads up the Stakeholder Engagement Work Theme at the South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage since November 2012. Successfully completed several governance and public speaking courses internationally and locally. Speaks the majority of the South African indigenous languages and Italian. Has a wealth of experience gathered over three decades in Marketing and Communications both locally and abroad whilst holding executive positions either as a departmental/divisional Head. Former Chairperson of the University of the North -West Foundation, the University of the North- West Investment Committee and a former Councillor of the North West University - pre and post the merger. She served on the Remuneration Committee of the SASOL/Exel Petroleum Consortium. Nominated the best Marketing and Communications Specialist by Chris Moerdyk, a renowned Marketing Guru in 2001 and the Woman Achiever in Community Development by the New York Women’s Executive Association in 2000. Academic achievements includes; BA (SS) obtained at the University of the North, Turfloop, Pietersburg, Management Development Progamme, School of Business Leadership (UNISA) specializing in Human Capital Development, A post-graduate Diploma in Tourism Management, Rome-Italy,BA (Honours) Degree in Communications Studies – North-West University, Potchefstroom and Masters in Public Management & Development obtained at the University of Potchefstroom.

Ms Gcobisa Melamane

Ms Gcobisa Melamane

Position Environmental Monitoring Lead

Ms Gcobisa Melamane commenced her career at Mintek – a minerals and metallurgy research organization. She spent 4 years as a Chemical Engineering Technician/Project Co-ordinator at their Pyrometallurgy division, focusing on projects such as Chlorination of Titania slag. Her duties included project planning, execution and reporting for projects for mining houses such as Exxaro and AngloAmerican. The second phase of her career was at SGS – Environmental Services, where she spent 5 years as a Supervisor: Emissions Monitoring/Project Planning, the focus of her duties at SGS was Air Quality Monitoring, which included stack emission monitoring and dust deposition monitoring. During her time at SGS, she had been contracted to organisations such AngloAmerican, Glencore, Lonmin, Sasol, Samancor, to name a few. Gcobisa currently works for SACCCS a division of SANEDI as an Environmental Monitoring Lead. She joined the organization in 2015. Her role is responsible for development, implementation and management of surface monitoring (atmospheric, soil, water & ecosystem) in preparation for the Pilot CO2 Storage Project (PCSP). The monitoring packages will form an integral part of the PCSP, where they are performed to ensure the integrity of carbon storage in geological formations. Gcobisa holds a ND: Chemical Engineering, BTech: Operations Management, Certificates: Environmental Impact Assessment (NQF 6), Strategic Management and BSc (Hons): Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (current).

Mr Wiseman Ngobo

Mr Wiseman Ngobo

Position Stakeholder Engagement Analyst

Mr Wiseman (Wiyz) Ngcobo is a Stakeholder Engagement Analyst at the South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (SACCCS), a division of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). His responsibilities include inter alia to engage with vast stakeholders at the National, Provincial and Local levels; positioning the brand of SACCCS (both internationally and locally) as well as raise awareness about Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in general. He obtained a BTECH Degree in Public Relations Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He has experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Media Relations, Business Development, Lobbying and Fundraising gathered from the industry and NGOs, spanning more than ten years. He completed an online course on Climate Change Science and Negotiations offered by the Sustainability Development Solutions Network Education. Prior to joining SANEDI/SACCCS, Wiseman contributed to the success of the Community Chest Twilight Team Run 2012, Carnival 2012, Deaf International Month/Day as well as other auspicious events. He managed the Public Relations Department at the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA). In this role, he introduced the Capacity Building initiatives for beneficiaries and raised adequate funds for the projects thereof.

Mr Douglas Phakula

Mr Douglas Phakula

Position Technical Officer

Douglas Phakula is a Technical Officer for the Pilot CO2 Storage Project (PCSP) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). He joined Sanedi in September 2013 as an intern for the Shale Gas Project. After completing his internship program he graduated with a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Vaal University of Technology (VUT). Douglas started working for the PCSP in April 2016 focusing on sourcing & transport of CO2 and the risk assessments for the PCSP. With a chemical engineering and technical background, Douglas has an understanding of the logistical and handling requirements of CO2. And thus he forms part of the PCSP technical team. Prior to PCSP, he was assigned to the Sanedi’s Shale Gas Project for two and half years. The overall objective of the Shale Gas Project was to assess the feasibility of shale gas exploitation in South Africa. During project execution he contributed intensively to three in-house tasks; • Carbon dioxide emission reduction due to fuel switching from coal to gas • Options for using carbon dioxide during the extraction of shale gas • Matching supply and demand for natural gas and infrastructure requirements

Tshilidzi Tshivhase

Tshilidzi Tshivhase

Position Stakeholder Engagement Junior Analyst

Tshilidzi Tshivhase is a Stakeholder Engagement Junior Analyst at the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS) a division of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), which is a state owned company of the Department of Energy. Her responsibilities include amongst others to provide support to the General CCS & Communications stakeholder engagement work stream. She holds a Btech in International Communications with almost five years of experience in the communications field. Before joining the SACCCS Stakeholder Engagement team in 2013 she worked for the South African Red Cross Society within the communication department and her role entailed marketing, fundraising, organising events and community development. Tshilidzi is currently pursuing a postgraduate Honours Degree, namely Integrated Organisational Communications with the University of South Africa.

Mr Rofhiwa Raselavhe

Mr Rofhiwa Raselavhe

Position Stakeholder Engagement Junior Analyst

Rofhiwa Raselavhe is a Communications practitioner who hails from Limpopo Province in South Africa. He completed his high school (matric) in 2006 and enrolled for a BA Degree in Communications Studies which he successfully completed at the University of Limpopo. On completion of his Communications studies he pursued a postgraduate degree in BA Media Studies (Honours) at the University of Limpopo. Since 2010, Rofhiwa has worked for various organisations; mainly as a volunteer, journalist and a communications practitioner. Currently, he is employed as a Junior Stakeholder Engagement Analyst by the South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage, a division of SANEDI. His responsibilities include amongst others engaging various stakeholders prior, during and post the deployment of the Pilot CO2 Storage Project in South Africa. Rofhiwa is currently reading for Masters (MPhil) specialising in Communication for Climate Change and Carbon Capture & Storage in South Africa at the University of Monash, South Africa.