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In this way Globeleq is helping meet the demand within the industry for young qualified engineers with working experience. Globeleq currently has 12 interns working as solar technicians, wind technicians and monitors with the Globeleq teams at all three of their project sites and within the Globeleq monitoring centre in Cape Town.
Joe believes that renewable energy is not only economical and safe, but it is the way of the future; this and future generations will not exploit natural resources but save them.
Joe is energised by his family background and staying mindful of not losing his direction in progressing in life.
Wind or sun? “Sun because when it shines it keeps my solar plant in full operation.”
Lodrick has only a few months’ experience in the renewable energy industry, but is excited about his future prospects.
He energises himself by drinking lots of water.
Wind or sun? “Sun because it gives me energy in the morning; especially during winter.”
Susanna is working in a team responsible for monitoring the activities of the three Globeleq power plants, this is her first time working in the renewable energy field.
Susanna energises herself by meditating at least three times a week.
Wind or sun? “Wind is one of the most majestic natural elements for me, it is a physical thing that we know is there yet we cannot see it. It is like having faith.”
This is Gugu’s first time working in renewable energy.
Gugu energises herself by exercising, drinking lots of water, eating right and getting enough sleep.
Wind or sun? “The sun is one of the things I believe God made to show off his beautiful creation, there is no life without the sun.”
Zach ensures that the wind turbines operate at maximum performance, and he recommends and manages any possible improvements. Having completed his Mechatronics degree four years ago, Zach worked in the Eastern and Western Cape before joining Globeleq.
Cornell manages and coordinates operations and maintenance activities on the De Aar Solar site. He ensures that the plant is operated in a safe and environmentally friendly manner and maintains relationships with the local community. He has experience in the design, construction and commissioning of electrical systems and the operation and maintenance of distribution and power generation systems.
Cornell energises himself by taking a few planned fishing trips a year.
Wind or sun? Sun because it is helping to secure our energy future for generations to come.
Mpho holds a B Tech in Electrical Engineering (heavy current) and a BSc hons in Management of Technology. He is currently completing his Government Certificate of Competency (GCC). Mpho started his career at Eskom at a Trainee in Aliwal North, where he was promoted to Senior Technician. He stayed at Eskom and moved to Kimberley in 2008 where he spent 5 years as a Project Engineer.
Mpho is energised by his family and his hometown of Kimberley.
Wind or sun?
Otto is currently the Electrical Balance Of Plant Technician and Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. Otto has twenty years experience in the electrical field, ten years of which were in the power utility industry with Eskom.
He believes that a good night’s sleep is the best way to energise oneself.
Wind or sun? “I love wind because it cools down the earth and gets rid of the impurities in the air, and it is a clean renewable source of energy, leaving no carbon footprint.”
As Operations Director, Simon’s role is to define the operations strategy for the assets under GSAMS’ management and to ensure that his team has the necessary guidance, resources and support to achieve their goals. Simon joined Globeleq in August 2013 after spending eight years in the project department of a major wind turbine manufacturer.
Simon loves to restore and customise old motorcycles; concentrating his mind and body on the task while cleansing his mind of all extraneous thoughts.
Wind or sun? “Wind because it orchestrates the dancing of trees.”
Willie’s position as Commercial Director is challenging, in the best possible way. Prior to Globeleq, in previous positions, Willie was involved in financial negotiation, community engagement and project development consulting.
Finding solutions to interesting issues and challenges gives Willie his energy, and good company and conversation.
Wind or sun? “I love the sun because it is the most predictable thing on earth (well, kind of on earth) – it has never failed to do its job – never ever!”
Compton is involved in the development of information systems, plant operations and the management of the Remote Monitoring Centre for GSAMS.
He energises himself by taking long walks on the beach.
Wind or sun? “Sun ; it’s like magic; generating power from something that’s around us all the time.”
As MD, Mark is responsible for the profit and loss of Globeleq’s three renewable plants and the management services company. He has 25 years experience in the power sector, of which the last ten have been spent on the development, financing, construction and operation of private power plants, including gas, liquid fuels, coal, solar and wind plants.
Mark thoroughly enjoys working with such a motivated team, but his family remains his top priority in life.
Wind or sun? “Without the sun there would be no wind. On the other hand wind brings clouds which block the sun. Hard to imagine a world without the one or the other. Must one choose? It’s a bit like asking which of your children you love the most. At the end of the day we’re fortunate enough to have both types of plant to look after.”
Konieta is currently Globeleq’s Junior Accountant responsible for overseeing the stock controller function. She is completing her National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting. Although Konieta has no prior experience in the renewable energy industry she has fourteen years’ financial experience.
Konieta’s husband and three children energise her.
Wind or sun? “I love the sun because it brightens the day and reminds me of my childhood full of innocent play on the beach instead of being trapped at my desk.”
Humbulani helps drive the various capital projects from the contingency funds and executes some of the system development tasks identified by the operations team. He holds a BTech and MBA qualification and has working experience within local government, Eskom and private industry.
Humbulani loves watching sport, traveling and theatre productions, these activities energise him.
Wind or sun? “I love the blessed South Africa sun; it’s limitless and bountiful. We have so many opportunities to generate green energy; everywhere I can just imagine a solar panel, even on a carport!”
Glen is responsible for ensuring the electricity that is generated in the turbines or solar modules is transported and injected into the grid in a reliable and safe manner. He has seven years’ industry experience with Eskom and a number of years with smaller companies that specialise in electrical testing, protection and control systems.
Glen energises himself by listening to music and exploring the Cape wine lands with his wife.
Wind or sun? “While the sun is the most predictable of renewable resources, wind is the most majestic, and creating electricity out of thin air is a great feeling.”
Matthew is a CA currently contracting to Globeleq directly where he assists the finance team with special projects. These tasks include: systems and process documentation, budget reporting design and coordination, financial statement preparation and in-house photography. Prior to working for Globeleq, Matthew was contracted through Deloitte, where he worked as a manager for nine years.
Matthew is energised through his passion for photography, long walks on the beach and enjoying the finest glass of bubbles he can find with his wife, family and friends.
Wind or sun? “Sun because it lights up the world; it brings life to a new day and the hope for tomorrow. It’s also a pretty essential photography lighting tool.”
Laura oversees all people-related issues at Globeleq, including managing the employee life cycle (recruitment, selection, performance management, exit); training and development at the individual team and organisational level; staff welfare; and reward (compensation and benefits). In addition, she manages the Scholarship and Internship Programmes.
Laura energises herself by going for a gentle jog in the nearby greenbelt, or enjoying a strong cup of 5 Roses or play time with her gorgeous toddlers.
Wind or sun? “I love the wind because when it is behind me, my jog turns into a run.”
Natasha supports the MD and Senior Business Director with their travel, diary management and general administration. She is also responsible for the payroll administration and all staff-related benefits. She assists with the company’s public relations by coordinating events and other PR initiatives. Although Globeleq is her first employer in the renewable energy industry, she has always been passionate about recycling and preserving the planet, so she is extremely proud to be working for a company that produces clean energy.
Natasha stays energised by being positive and passionate about her work and working with a diverse group of people who are just as passionate as she is.
Wind or sun? “I’m definitely a sun baby. I can bask in the sun for hours. Summer is my favourite season. Being outdoors, whether its chilling next to the pool or taking a walk in the park; it is so exhilarating and refreshing.”
With over 20 years of experience in energy, infrastructure and finance, Jonathan leads Globeleq’s business development activities in Southern Africa. He joined Globeleq in 2010 and has led the renewables’ activity in South Africa since them. He has worked on deals across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US.
Jonathan energises himself by going for a beach or mountain run in Cape Town.
Wind or sun? I love the sun because not only is it a great source of clean energy but also it makes me think of summer, my favorite season!
Jabu develops and maintains Globeleq’s contractual database and manages the obligations and rights of the various entities Globeleq manages. Prior to his admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, he served articles with a reputable law firm in North of Johannesburg. During his period of articles he was exposed to the REIPPP programme and he specifically worked in the Litigation and Competition Department.
Jabu’s greatest wish is to see his country unite and prosper.
Wind or sun? “Wind because it’s free, abundant and never ceases to blow.”
Marion drives Globeleq’s vision of economic and enterprise development within the local communities of its three independent power-producing plants. Her experience prior to joining Globeleq in 2013 includes stakeholder engagement, public policy around health and education, corporate responsibility management relating to sustainability, environmental concerns and social development, and the role of CE for a corporate foundation.
Marion is energised by working with people in communities.
Wind or sun? “The sun, it makes the world go round it!”
Tasneem has two years’ experience in the renewable energy industry and currently manages the finances for GSAMS, Diamond Wind, the Trusts and Financing SPVs, and she prepares the quarterly Economic Development Report for the Department of Energy.
Going to gym first thing in the morning and watching her kids laugh and play energises Tasneem.
Wind or sun? Wind because I love how the turbines look like gentle giants in the wind.
Rafiq is a registered CA and is Head of Management Accounting, responsible for South African operations. He joined Globeleq after more than a decade working as an executive in the fishing industry.
Rafiq is energised by running and spending time with his family outdoors.
Wind or sun? “I love the wind because it puts energy in my sails, and improves the bottom line.”
Ibrahim has an N4 Electrical Engineering Light Current and Red seal Trade Test Certificate in Industrial Instrumentation, and comes to Globeleq from Eskom where he was a Senior Nuclear Instrument mechanician.
Ibrahim loves spending time outdoors and is energised by traveling, mountain biking, good music, food and classic cars.
Wind or sun? “Definitely sun; man has always been fascinated by the golden orb in the sky, whether it is admiring its beauty and majesty like the ancient Aztecs, or trying to harness its power like Archimedes with his Death Ray, and although we still do admire a pretty sunset like the Aztecs, thankfully the kind of ‘power from the sun’ harvesting we do now, is more for the benefit of mankind.”
Celeste manages the Cape Town office reception and assists managers who do not have dedicated support staff. Although she has plenty of administration and support experience, Globeleq is the first time Celeste is being exposed to the renewable energy industry, and she is loving it.
Celeste is energised by her morning wife- and mommy-duties; preparing breakfast and lunch, preparing her little one for school and getting her home in order, all before arriving at work looking and feeling fresh.
Wind or sun? “Wind, it is so gentle yet can be so fierce.”
Tasneem’s main responsibilities are around the Scholarship and Intern Programmes, but she also assists with general HR administrative tasks. Before joining Globeleq, Tasneem was completing her M Comm in Industrial Psychology and did volunteer work for the South African National Zaakah Fund; she currently also lectures at the UWC.
Tasneem loves the outdoors and nature and gets her energy from hiking.
Wind or sun? “Windy cold days create the best atmosphere for a home-cooked meal, soothing tea, no work and watching series. On a more serious note, I appreciate the simplicity of its strength to destroy or to be part of creating something.”
Brigitte started at Globeleq in 2014 prior to which she worked in the media industry.
She is energised by spending quality time with friends and family, and loves experiencing different places.
Wind or sun? “The sun; it reminds me of the dawn of a new day filled with another chance and endless possibilities. It also reminds me of summer, the ocean, long days and warm nights, and awesome crazy moments spent with family and friends. The sun is the colour of happiness.”
Melissa is involved in the financial management of Globeleq’s project companies. Prior to being permanently appointed by Globeleq, Melissa was a consultant to Globeleq.
Spending quality time with her loved ones, especially around a braai, listening to music, and watching Liverpool FC play football, energise Melissa.
Wind or sun? “The sun immediately brightens up the world and the people in it – it reveals all the beauty hidden in the shadows. When the sun is out, so are the smiles and the feel-good energy.”