25 AUGUST 2022

Understanding South Africa’s complex Energy Crisis and the impact of the proposed plans on Socio-Economic Development in the Sector.

Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making; and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. Despite the considerable progress South Africa has made in raising women’s representation in political parties, government and companies, many women are still missing out on the full benefits of a truly gender-diverse economy.

On every continent, gender balance remains an unmet goal. Despite progress during the last 50 years, women and men continue to experience unequal opportunities, particularly in employment, politics, leadership and economic empowerment. Women are disempowered relative to men in all 162 countries measured by the United Nations Gender Inequality Index.

Aside from the moral imperative to strive for gender balance, there are also the broader implications for business to consider. The leaky pipeline of female talent in conjunction with the war for talent means that organisations must recruit, retain and leverage both men and women to perform at their best. Further, teams with gender balance tend to outperform all-male or all-female teams on challenging tasks, as gender balance enables diverse views and increases collective intelligence. Given the current needs for innovation and agility during the post-pandemic recovery, gender inclusion simply makes sense.

This webinar focused on South Africa, with the aim to discuss and share insights into the country’s complex energy crisis and the emerging policy considerations by different stakeholders. At the core of the discussions was explaining the policies and their impact on South Africa’s electricity market. We explored how the changes in policy would impact socio-economic imperatives such as gender mainstreaming.

Invest 2 hours to watch the webinar and enjoy the different perspectives shared by our esteemed industry leaders.


Content Framework:

Webinar 8



Introduction to AWEaP

Purpose of the webinar and Introduction to the topics



Founding President

African Women in Energy and Power NPC

Evolution of the grid/ power system and impact of renewable energy uptake

Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

Rampox Energy


Managing Director

The REIPPPP – Current Status

Challenges and opportunities

Stratek Business Strategy Consultants



Emerging policies

Challenges and opportunities

Energy Expert


Panel Discussion

The mystery behind the proposed local content exemption for renewable energy projects

Moderator: MR. BRIAN DAY,



MS. THILOSHINI GOVENDER, Vestas Southern Africa

B-BBEE / Economic Development Professional


In conversation

Mainstreaming marginalised groups within existing and emerging energy value chains: women, youth and persons with disability

MS. BERTHA DLAMINI, AWEaP Founding President


MS. TEBOGO MOTLHABANE: Women in Nuclear Energy (TBC)


Closing remarks

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"We can’t expect a just and inclusive transition through a system which lacks diversity and scores poorly on inclusion itself."

Shalu Agrawal, Senior Programme Lead at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water

"No industry or country can reach its full potential until women reach their full potential. This is especially true of science and technology, where women with a surplus of talent still face a deficit of opportunity."

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

"As both developed and developing nations search for alternative sources of energy in response to the growing energy crisis, we at Acumen Fund believe that investing in entrepreneurs who provide innovative energy solutions is an increasingly critical part of the solution. "

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen