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Invitation: Webinar: Positioning South Africa for the Green Economy – Execution Strategies

Energy and ICT sector news and announcements from EE Business Intelligence


Energy, electricity and ICT for Africa


News and announcements from EE Business Intelligence

Issue 39, July 2021




We are proud to present another new and exciting webinar on Friday 16 July 2021, as detailed below, which is quite different from but compliments the Webinar already announced for Thursday 29 July 2021.


The webinar below on Friday 16 July 2021 will showcase a new metal beneficiation project that will manufacture high-tech platinum group metal (PGM)-based components in Gauteng, South Africa, for fuel cells and electrolysers that underpin the green hydrogen industry.


Join this webinar free-of-charge to understand the massive business opportunities arising in South Africa around the Green Economy.


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Positioning South Africa for the Green Economy – Execution Strategies

Invitation to a webinar hosted by EE Business Intelligence, the dtic and Isondo Precious Metals, in association with the MEC for Economic Development – Gauteng



The green hydrogen economy offers South Africa a significant advantage in utilising its natural resources to help re-industrialise its economy, underpinned by various policies and initiatives, many of which are spearheaded by the dtic


This webinar will discuss real developments on the ground taking place now in South Africa that take advantage of these nascent opportunities presented by the green hydrogen sector.


DATE: Friday 16 July 2021

TIME: 13h00 to 16h00 SAST (GMT+2)

PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar

COST: No cost, free-of-charge, all welcome



The webinar will showcase a metal beneficiation project that will manufacture high-tech platinum group metal-based components for fuel cells and electrolysers that underpin the green hydrogen industry.


The start of the construction process for the Isondo Precious Metals facility at the OR Tambo Special Economic Zone (SEZ) represents the first manifestation of intent in this sector.


Supported by the dtic, this will help position world-class manufacturing facilities and processes in South Africa, thereby allowing the country to beneficiate its precious metals into the required products for the global green hydrogen sector.





Hon. Fikile Majola, Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), South Africa.

Mr. Parks Tau, Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Economic Development, Provincial Government of Gauteng, South Africa.

Prof. Katsuhiko Hirose, former Professional Partner leading fuel cell and hydrogen strategy at Toyota; Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant, HyWealth Co; Board Member, Isondo Precious Metals; Independent Consultant for several global companies, including Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mr. Vinay Somera, Founder and CEO, Isondo Precious Metals; former Implats Group Executive: Market Development and Strategy.

Mr. Kevin Fothergill, CEO, EnAcumen; Co-founder and Chairman, UK Hydrogen Hub; Technical Consultant to Isondo Precious Metals; former Commercial Director, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells.

Mr. Marius Brand, Executive Vice President, Sasol 2.0 Transformation.

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra, Inaugural Director of the Clean Energy Investor Centre, U.S. Department of Energy, as part of Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Initiative; Founder and CEO of Sparkz; Founder and Managing Partner of the PLUS Initiative, an early-stage venture capital fund focusing on energy, mobility, sustainable cities and smart mining.

Dr. Khotso Mokhele, Chairman of AECI; Lead Independent Director of MTN; Board Member of Isondo Precious Metals; Non-executive Director of Hans Merensky Holdings; former Chairman of the Implats Group as well as Tiger Brands, Arcelor Mittal and Adcock Ingram; former Chancellor of the University of the Free State.




13h00 – 13h05: Welcome by Mr. Chris Yelland

13h05 – 13h20: Welcome remarks by Mr. Parks Tau

13h20 – 13h40: Keynote address by Hon. Fikile Majola

13h40 – 14h00: Presentation by Prof. Katsuhiko Hirose

14h00 – 14h50: Joint presentation by Mr. Vinay Somera and Mr. Kevin Fothergill

14h50 – 14h55: Comfort break.

14h55 – 15h10: Presentation by Mr. Marius Brand

15h10 – 15h25: Presentation by Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra

15h25 – 15h50: Q & A session facilitated by Mr. Chris Yelland

15h50 – 16h00: Close by Dr. Khotso Mokhele


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