Prior to 2012, Cobus gained valuable experience in development finance,
heading a task team into public sector funding and turn-arounds.
In his professional capacity he assisted municipalities to achieve improved audit outcomes. Cobus specialises in in the financial modelling of renewable energy projects and integrates legal, technical, and financial aspects into a workable business model.
Martin is in South Africa now for four
years. He was involved in the development of renewable energy projects
which included the co-ordination of systems design, electrical,
construction and project implementation.
He is experienced in procurement, supply chain, sales, production calculation, business model, strategic planning and human resources which are linked to an extensive and efficient network in the European renewable energy industry.
Jaco worked at Eskom from 1993 – 1998 where he was the contracts
manager including the electrification of several towns, sometimes
managing between 20 and 40 contracts simultaneously, budgets averaging
more than R20 m per year.
Leaving Eskom he worked on a variety of construction projects under his own name. He has more than 26 years of experience in project- and construction management.
Since 2003 he was managing member for construction and housing
development at a large company and since 2008, he has managed several
projects of which the total budget is more than R 490 m.
He has 22 years’ experience in housing, construction management, project facilitation and dealing with communities on various issues.
Johan has more than 25 years of experience in electrical engineering. He
worked for many years as an engineer at a large municipality in
electrical maintenance and system control. Since 2004 he worked at
private companies as design engineer, project manager and managing
He assisted many South African municipal electrification and reticulation projects and he also worked in Tanzania on an off-grid renewable energy project.
Elbie (Nel) Louw has obtained her B. Comm degree in 1992. She started her career as a bookkeeper at a national accounting firm, and later decided to explore her talents in marketing- and entrepreneurial arenas. In view of this background, she has chaired the Nedbank Businesswomen Association, founded Spoudazo Enterprises public benefit organisation in 2012 and played a leading role as an employee of an American company in the rolling out of online Tertiary educational programmes. Her strengths lie therein that she can focus on what needs to be done within the bigger picture of reaching goals and meeting criteria. She can see a need and promptly act on it with the necessary business- & leadership skills to make things happen.
He has experience in the development of business plans including the
evaluation of the implementation of business plans.
He worked as an office administrator at a town and regional planner in the submission of applications for land use change. Piet currently serves as advisor in Legal & Spatial planning at Cenec.
Karel von Eschwege is professor in Chemistry at the University of the Free State, specializing in the synthesis and electrochemistry of molecules with light/solar energy applications. Before obtaining a PhD in Physical Chemistry he was manager of a private construction business in Cape Town. With a keen interest and devotion to all aspects pertaining to renewable energy, he presently serves as part time consultant to CENEC.
is an experienced Civil Engineering Technologist with a demonstrated history of
working in the design and consulting industry. He is skilled in AutoCAD,
Microsoft Office and Civil Designer. He is in the process of registering as a
professional engineering technologist with ECSA as has a Bachelor of Technology
(BTech) in Civil Engineering (Urban) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University (NMMU) with more than 7 years of experience.
His experience includes sewer reticulation repairs and maintenance with site monitoring and design, drought relief through borehole drilling and water reticulation design and treatment, project management of Contractors, health and safety agents, environmental specialists, SMME's, hydrogeologists and Client's budgets.
Rymel is a Mechanical Engineer working in the renewable energy sector for the hydro power industry from 2010. He has worked in various projects located in Africa and Asia that involves the construction, commissioning and handing over of projects ranging from 5MW to 800 MW. He joined CENEC in January 2022.
Donne has an administrative and advisory background. She gained
experience at one of South Africa’s leading banks in the Advisory
division, then moved on to work in an advisory and liaison position at
city planning and rezoning.
She also gained experience as a junior consultant and personal assistant to managing directors of consultancy companies. Donne is now adding value to our company as personal assistant of Martin Walzer, our technical director.