SAWEA operates as a common law, voluntary association. SAWEA is a not-for-profit association that represents the South Africa wind industry. Our members include national and international entities active in the entire wind energy supply chain.  SAWEA holds an Annual General Meeting once a year. At the AGM a six member Board is chosen – from its ranks the Board chooses a Chair. SAWEA sublets office space in Parkwood, Johannesburg. Work on policy, the regulatory framework, logistics, events, markets, and other specialised subjects are done by volunteer Working Groups each having a Working Group leader. Coordination takes place through the SAWEA office and the work of Board Members, who also serve on the Working Groups.


Brenda Martin

Position: CEO

Brenda has worked as a senior practitioner in the Southern African Development, Education and Energy policy sectors for over 15 years.

After implementing small-scale energy, water and food security projects in Southern Africa between 2011 and 2016, she conducted interdisciplinary applied research on energy policy at the Energy Research Centre, UCT.

She has an MPhil in Energy & Development (Mechanical Engineering, UCT).

Her dissertation focused on the Politics of Electricity planning in South Africa.

Methuli Mbanjwa

Methuli Mbanjwa currently works as Project Manager for G7 Renewable Energies, a role held since 2010. His role is primarily on planning and development, focusing on obtaining authority approvals and permitting necessary for the establishment of wind power projects for G7's portfolio. He has been involved in the pioneering stages of wind energy development in South Africa and has been actively involved in SAWEA’s Environmental, Land-use Planning and Wind-for-Communities working groups.

Methuli holds an MBA degree from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and qualified with Master's degree in Chemistry from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University.

Anne Henschel

Position: Treasurer

Anne Henschel is a key figure in the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Appointed as Managing Director of Nordex Energy South Africa Rf (Pty) Ltd in March 2012, Anne was subsequently promoted to lead the newly formed Nordex Acciona Windpower South Africa in the capacity of Country Manager South Africa. She has also been appointed to the Acciona Windpower South Africa (Pty) Ltd Board of Directors.

Having steered Nordex South Africa through the recent international merger of Nordex and Acciona Windpower – a culmination of 17 years at Nordex AG - Anne remains focused on delivering exceptional value to the five current REIPPPP projects of the Nordex Group.

As Member of the Board of SAWEA, previous Chair of the SAWEA Manufacturers and Local Content Working Group and Trustee of the Nordex Education Trust, Anne uses her leadership position to plough back expertise and insight in order to build the renewable energy industry in South Africa and to transfer skills and uplift communities within which the Nordex Group operates.

Anne completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School and holds a General Management Certificate from Gordon Institute of Business Science. She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Sciences from the University of Rostock in Germany. In 2000, she joined the Nordex Group, and has subsequently served in various corporate roles around the world.

Mark Pickering

Position: Chair

Mark is the general manager of three renewable power companies in South Africa, being the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, the 50 MW De Aar Solar Power plant, and the 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Power plant. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in each of these assets and manages and operates the plants on behalf of all shareholders.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in power sector issues. He has led numerous advisory processes on power and other infrastructure matters for national government departments, development agencies and local municipalities. He served on South Africa’s National Electrification Forum (NELF) in the early 1990’s, edited the 1998 White Paper on Energy, was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on EDI Restructuring and led the team advising EDI Holdings’ on its legal strategy. For the past ten years Mark has pursued the development, construction and operation of independent power producers in South and Southern Africa.

Mark holds a bachelors and a masters degree (cum laude) in electrical engineering, a post graduate diploma in public policy and development administration (with distinction) and an MBA (with distinction). He has served as chair of SAWEA’s working group on policy and markets for two terms, and as chair of the assets working group for two terms.


Mary Waller

I am motivated to support the ongoing development and expansion of the South African wind energy industry in the short, medium and long term. Core areas of focus are:

  1. SAWEA’s Policy Strategy and South Africa’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
  2. SAWEA’s Media Campaign to ensure effective communication and to create public awareness and support for RE
  3. To create effective communication channels between SAWEA and all government entities (DoE, IPP Office, NT, Eskom etc) to address key issues in the wind industry e.g. Grid Connection constraints and pricing, IRP update process.

Hein Reyneke

Pragmatic project management professional (PMP) with extensive skills in renewable energy, rail and automotive technologies. An appetite for new and complex technologies with perseverance to solve problems and deliver.

Actively working in the Renewable energy market since 2008, joined Mainstream in 2010. Lead the development team that secured 500MW of wind energy under DOE’s REI4P. Spend the last 2 years in a Business development role and will in future oversee Mainstream’s Round 4 construction activities.

A member of the SAWEA Board since 2014.

Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Ayanda Nakedi

Ms Ntombifuthi Ntuli’s works for the Council For Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre as a Principal Researcher: Industry Business Cases where she is responsible for translation of the Energy Centre’s research in to direct and tangible outcomes for industry and SMME development. Before joining the CSIR she was at the Department of Trade and Industry as a Director: Green Industries, where she was responsible for facilitating the development of the local renewable energy industry and industrial climate change response. She holds an MPhil Degree in Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg) and a Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (University of Witwatersrand). Before joining the DTI, she spent 3 years at the Embassy of Denmark working as a Coordinator for the Business to Business Programme, where she facilitated business linkages between Danish and South African companies in all sectors of the economy. Prior to that she spent 8 years in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality working on Energy ad Climate Change programmes.

Masechaba Mabilu

Masechaba Mabilu is an Economic Development Specialist, with experience in the renewable energy sector. She is also a SAWEA board member.  She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science & Statistics and a BScHons in Mathematical Statistics from University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

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