SAEE Award Winners 2016

05 December 2016

The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) Awards Programme annually recognises outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the energy industry.

SAEE Awards Program
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) Awards Programme annually recognises outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the energy industry. Through our Awards Programs, SAEE shines the light on the important work that is being done in energy by individuals, organisations, government, agencies, and corporations. The Awards are a token of recognition for the commitment to the profession; desire to further the association's mission, and participation in civic and community affairs. These prestigious Awards were presented at the Annual SAEE Banquet and Awards Ceremony on 8 November 2016 at Emperors Palace.  This event marks the official opening of the SAEE’s annual flagship event, the Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEEC).

Energy Newcomer of the year

Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievements within the energy industry in the Southern African region.  A newcomer is considered such when an organization or individual entered the energy industry within the last 4 years.
 2016 Energy Newcomer of the year: Ash and Lacey SA
This year, we only received one entry for this category. We look forward to receiving many more entries next year. Nevertheless, we are pleased to recognise our newcomer of the year.
Ash & Lacy South Africa (Pty) Ltd are an exciting new start-up company offering specialised products to the roofing sector in Southern Africa. As subsidiary of Ash & Lacy Building Systems Ltd, a BREAM accredited building envelope systems manufacturer in the UK, Ash & Lacy SA have made significant strides in the energy efficiency sector of the SA market.  Besides manufacturing and supplying the innovative and patented Ashgrid Spacer System to the new build and refurbishment sectors, Ash & Lacy SA have dedicated considerable time and resources whilst generously funding ground-breaking research into local construction methods with specific focus on thermal and structural performance of roofing and cladding systems.  As members of TIPSASA and SAMCRA, Ash & Lacy SA have made great strides in educating the local market to cost effective, structurally sound, energy efficient and environmentally friendly building envelope solutions.   In recognition of their Energy Modelling Project for the Development of Energy Performance Levels in Buildings in RSA – we welcome to the stage : Ashley and Lacy in recognition of newcomers into the market. 

Energy Company of the year

Awarded to a company, that has demonstrated outstanding overall performance achievements in the energy industry in the Southern African region.
A positive contribution to the growth of the energy efficiency industry through the delivery of its services, products, technologies, solutions or consultation provided to end-users of energy resources etc. within the company’s area of expertise.
The company’s achievements must demonstrate the effective and continuous efficient use of any of the energy resources through one or a combination of initiatives like the implementation of energy efficiency, energy management, process optimization, energy innovation, utilizing efficient equipment, awareness creation and education, or has advanced and expanded access to power and energy in a sustainable manner.
  • Energy Combustion Services (ECS)
  • EOH
  • LTM Energy
2016 Energy Company of the year: ECS
ECS have been assisting Kumba Iron Ore with diesel energy management since 2009. They have identified and implemented several initiatives that assisted us in realising fuel savings. From 2009 until 2015 they could verify 18.5 million litres of diesel savings to the value of R199.987 million. Their initiatives and management also realised R49 million rand of tax rebates for the 2015/2016 tax year through section 12L projects. Their methods are unique and they constantly have to innovate in order to realise and prove fuel savings since it is very reliant on people behaviour. They are the only SANAS accredited M&V provider for liquid fuels. 

Energy Professional of the year

Presented to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in promoting the practices, principles of energy management and development, and for superior service to the Association (SAEE). Usually awarded to the most senior individual responsible for Energy or Energy Manager performing duties for an industrial firm, or building owner/manager, etc.
  • Howard Harris
  • Dr Braam Dalgleish
  • Dr Willem den Heijer
  • Reshard Sayed
  • Alfred Hartzenburg
  • Mukuru Wesigye
2016 Energy Professional of the year: Dr Willem Den Heijer
He has 19 years of experience in energy engineering, energy management and measurement and verification (M&V). He specialises in mining and industrial energy management, the delivery of sustainable savings, as well as the M&V of project impacts. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering(energy engineering) and is certified as an Energy Manager (CEM®), a Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®), an Energy Auditor (CEA®) and as a Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM®) by the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States of America. He has presented various courses on behalf of the Association of Energy Engineers. Willem is currently the Program Manager for an Anglo American Platinum Project, having handed over the Palaborwa Copper ELP consistently delivering in excess of +10% energy cost savings.

Energy Project of the year

Awarded to recognize energy efficiency projects that have delivered outstanding energy saving results in the energy industry within the Southern African region. Brownfield or Greenfield projects in the residential, commercial or industrial sectors were considered.A project that has employed innovative and effective ways of reducing the use of energy resources through implementing energy management, renewable energy installations, energy efficiency, installing energy saving devices, optimizing processes, implementing standards, expanded access to power, innovative means of conservation, etc. A project that has demonstrated an exceptional return on investment to demonstrate that energy efficiency makes business sense.
  • Barclays Africa Group Limited
  • Shared Energy Management
  • NCPC – SA
  • SP Energy t/a Structatherm Projects
  • Southey Contracting
  • LTM Energy
  • Standard Bank of South Africa
  • LTM Energy
  • AngloGold Ashanti and HVAC
2016 Energy Project of the year: Anglogold Ashanti and HVAC
AngloGold Ashanti's (AGA) Vaal River mining complex consumes 250MWh per day for the supply of compressed air. The intricate network consists of 37MW of installed compressors along a 27km surface piping network with multiple users situated on surface and underground. To reduce energy consumption, AGA, in co-operation with Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning International (HVACI), implemented a real-time dynamic control system (REMS-DCS) to optimise and automate their compressor controls. The unique system needed minimum human intervention to achieve a daily energy efficiency impact of 18MWh. This means annual electricity cost savings of R 4.9 million. Full automatic compressed air control, on such a scale, has never before been achieved in the mining environment. We welcome HVAC and Anglogold Ashanti to the stage.

SAEE Energy Patron of the year award 

Awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the field of energy consumption by reducing the use of energy resources in the Southern African region. The individual may have applied strategies, policies, created awareness, revised staff structures, ensured staff training, utilized incentives, implemented energy management, installed technologies, reduced their environmental impact and reliance on the grid, or any other innovative means of investing in the energy efficiency of a company’s operation.  A person nominated for this award would most likely have been in the energy industry for a considerable period of time. However, this award will give recognition for a contribution made, or projects completed, during the last year of the entry date.
2016 SAEE Energy Patron of the year: Alfred Hartzenburg 
Alf Hartzenburg has almost 40 years of industry experience. He studied Civil Engineering at UCT and holds Diplomas in Textiles, Production Management, Business Administration and Financial Management. He is also one of five UN EU Green Flower Ecolabel trainers in South Africa.  Alf is passionate about training and empowering others to effective energy management. He joined the NCPC-SA as a project manager in the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project) in 2012. Since then he has taken on the responsibilities of Senior Project manager in the Western Cape and is responsible for the full RECP project team.  Alf is a UNIDO certified expert in three disciplines - Energy Management Systems (EnMS) as well as Steam and Compressed Air systems optimisation (ESO) – and is one of a handful of local experts also qualified to present expert-level training both locally and internationally. He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). As a result of his extensive expertise and experience, Alf presents numerous workshops countrywide and has grown to be recognised as a leader in his field. He is also a co-opted member, in an advisory capacity, of the South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE).  In honour of his exemplary contribution to the industry, we acknowledge Alf Hartzenburg as the  2016 Patron of the year.

SAEE Energy Service Award

Awarded to an individual for special efforts within SAEE towards the functioning of the Association displaying loyalty, initiative and commitment. This award can be given to SAEE board members, individual members, staff members or other stakeholders playing a significant role to keep the association going. 
The SAEE Energy Service Award for 2016 goes to GIZ

Excellence award in Energy for 2016

Awarded to recognize an organisation or individual whose role has made a significant difference and contribution towards the growth of the energy efficiency and related industries in the Southern African region. Demonstrated outstanding achievements in a company, as an individual, by delivering exceptional service, excellent sustainable energy solutions, through innovative ideas and applications, etc. that are viewed as excellent in the industry.
The SAEE Excellence Award for 2016 is awarded to Dr Tsakani Mthombeni
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Group Head of Carbon and Energy at Gold Fields, tasked with setting the Group’s energy and carbon management strategy and supporting its execution across eight (8) gold mining operations in four (4) countries – South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Gold Fields energy spend accounts for 22% of Goldfields’ operation costs (2015, US$311m), thus energy management, and leveraging the dual benefit of carbon emissions reduction is a strategic imperative for Goldfields. Prior to this role, Dr Mthombeni spent five (5) years sourcing and funding pre-commercial new energy technologies in South Africa as the General Manager: Energy, at the Technology Innovation Agency, managing a US$12 million technology innovation portfolio. Prior to this role, Mthombeni was with Anglo American as group Senior Energy Engineer, developing standards for and supporting implementation of energy management initiatives across the diamonds, platinum, coal, iron ore and platinum assets.  As a further measure of the man, he is unrelentless in his quest for continuous development and academic excellence. Mthombeni also numerous academic qualifications received from the University of Cape Town, then Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA for MSc and PhD, both in electrical engineering. Served on the board of Southern Africa Energy Efficiency Association, and serves as an external examiner at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University. We welcome Dr Mthombeni to the stage in his continuous quest of excellence.

Ian Ernest Lane Hall of Fame 
The “SAEE Hall of Fame” was established in August 2009, by the SAEE Board and the Hall of Fame committee. On 12 November 2009, the late Dr Ian Ernest Lane was bestowed the first SAEE Hall of Fame honour. Therefore, the Board of the SAEE aptly named the Hall of Fame after Dr Lane. This high honour will be bestowed on an individual whose service, dedication, commitment and selfless hours were given to the energy industry, particularly in the fields of Engineering, Built Environment, Environmental Studies and Energy Efficiency. By being inducted into the Hall of Fame an individual’s achievements are highlighted and it places the winner in an elite class. The SAEE Hall of Fame includes only the highest calibre individuals who are to be remembered for their achievements. 

The SAEE board unanimously nominated Mrs Lisa Reynolds who is, and has, been a contributing Board member of the SAEE, has an extensive CV showcasing involvement in the energy sector at various levels as part of a supplier organisation, in research capacities, standards development, advisory and the regulatory environment, within the speciality focus areas of green building, insulation, energy saving interventions and Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM). She is well respected in industry while also filling the position of president of the soon to be revived, Energy Services Companies Association. 
Considering Mrs Reynolds’ background where she has acquired substantial knowledge and experience, in multi-level sectors of the energy industry, the SAEE board is of the opinion that Mrs Reynolds deserves being introduced into the SAEE Hall of Fame (2016). 

SAEE Scholarship Programme

The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), in cooperation with sponsoring companies, award scholarships to students with an excellent academic record in previous years of study. The Scholarships are awarded in support of transformation of the energy sector and will only be awarded to South African Nationals. 
The companies that sponsored these scholarships on behalf of the SAEE:
  • EnTF
  • Cova Advisory
  • Swisscontact
The winners of the 2016 SAEE scholarships are:
  • Mr. Christopher Craig Korte, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Mr. Sphelele Khanyile, University of Witwatersrand
  • Ms. Nontokozo Nondumiso Mbatha, Mangosuthu University of Technology

SAEE International awards recognition 
It is always gratifying to know that while we have many talented and skilled people doing great things in South Africa, we can also lay claim to leading achievements on the global stage. In this category, we’d like to give recognition to top performance on the international stage. 
AEE Awards:

The SAEE received the Best International Chapter of the AEE 

SAEEC received the Best Conference and Expo internationally

Keith Cassie- AEE® Young Energy Professional of the Year


Standard Bank SA: AEE® Sub-Saharan Africa Region Award:

Energy Project of the Year 2016


Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM): 

The Cleaner Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is made up of more than 28 country representatives world wide, has an Energy Management Workgroup which is mainly focused on driving and assisting to get the energy management (the ISO 50 001 family of standards) implemented worldwide to mitigate and solve the looming Climate Change crises. One of the many activities undertaken is the Energy Management Leadership Awards Competition for companies who are ISO 50 001 certified and who have to submit a case study on the benefits achieved due to the certification, as an entry. The SAEE has partnered with the CEM, DoE and SANEDI to manage these awards in South Africa.
The following two South African companies received Insight Award for their submissions:
Gyproc Saint Gobain and Aberdare Cables

Terrapin: Africa Energy Awards 

African Energy Project of the Year:LTM Energy


The SAEEC is a proud chapter of the AEE.