SA Energy Regulator Gets New CEO – Adv. Nomalanga Petronella Sithole

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  •  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced today that the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe, has appointed Adv. Nomalanga Petronella Sithole as NERSA’s new Chief Executive Officer and Full-Time Regulator Member for a period of five years, effective from 25 August 2021. 

Adv. Sithole holds B Proc and LLB degrees, as well as a Diploma in Company Direction. She has 24 years of experience in energy regulation, having been employed by the then National Electricity Regulator (NER) that regulated the electricity industry, which was transformed in 2005 into the National Energy Regulator of South Africa that regulates the electricity, piped-gas and petroleum pipelines industries. She has held various positions at the NER and NERSA, which included, among others, Board Secretary, Legal Advisor, Head of Licensing and Legal Services, Head of the Board Secretariat, Legal Counsel, Executive Manager: Support Services, as well as Executive Manager: Corporate Services. Additionally, she represents NERSA on some energy structures within the South African Development Community (SADC) region and on the continent. 

NERSA Part-Time Regulator Member, Mr Fungai Sibanda, congratulated Adv. Sithole on her appointment. He further said that ‘Adv. Sithole’s immense experience in energy regulation will greatly contribute towards the execution of NERSA’s mandate to ensure the sustainable development of the energy sector by balancing the economic interests of all stakeholders, and to ensure the sustainable socio-economic development of South Africa’. 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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