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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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Nawaz Mahomed

PROF NAWAZ MAHOMED

Associate Professor


Prof Nawaz Mahomed received his BSc Eng and MSc Eng degrees from the University of Cape Town and his PhD in the field of Mechanics from the Institute for Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1998. Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering as Associate Professor in 2015, he held positions at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (including position of Dean), the Institute for Maritime Technology (Armscor), Department of Science and Technology and CSIR. His research interests include computational modelling and simulation of high viscous flows and metal solidification, dye-sensitised photovoltaic cells and other thin film technology applications.

Email: nawaz (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4367

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Mr Ulrich Terblanche

MR ULRICH TERBLANCHE

Research Engineer


Mr Ulrich Terblanche holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He completed his MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Former work experience includes project engineering and piping design in the oil and gas refining sector, analyses on using excess heat for district heating and electricity generation in the cement manufacturing industry as well as PV-hybrid systems and energy efficient design in the renewable energy sector. His focus includes sustainable energy solutions, industrial energy efficiency analyses and PV and hybrid system design. Mr Terblance is currently the in-house Project Manager for all the projects at CRSES.

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

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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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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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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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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

Intern


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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Mbulelo Mabhoko

MR MBULELO MABHOKO

Intern


Mr Mbulelo Mabhoko is an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is currently completing his National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

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

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Thabang Mosaka

MS THABANG MOSAKA

Intern


Ms Thabang Mosaka is an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. She holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and a BEng Honours degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pretoria.

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

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Ms Jos Liebenberg

MS JOS LIEBENBERG

Administrative & Financial Officer


Ms Jos holds a BA (Unisa) degree and Higher Education Diploma (University of Pretoria). Financial & Administrative Officer for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: jhl2 (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4087

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Ms Linda Joka

MS LINDA JOKA

Marketing & Communications


Ms Linda 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 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 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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