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Reminder: Two important Webinars on: Green Economy, Green Minerals and Green Hydrogen for Southern Africa



Energy, electricity and ICT for Africa


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Issue 42, July 2021




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Reminder to attend and participate at two important webinars,

one on Fri 16 July 2021, the other on Thu 29 July 2021, covering:


Green Economy, Green Minerals & Green Hydrogen

for Southern Africa




Friday 16 July 2021, 13h00 to 16h00 SAST (GMT+2)


Positioning South Africa for the Green Economy – Execution Strategies

Invitation to a webinar hosted by EE Business Intelligence, the dtic and Isondo Precious Metals.



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: Fireside chat with Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra

15h25 – 15h35: Close by Dr. Khotso Mokhele

15h35 – 16h00: Q & A session facilitated by Mr. Chris Yelland





Friday 129 July 2021, 14h00 to 17h10 SAST (GMT+2)



Renewable hydrogen and green powerfuel opportunities for Southern Africa.


A webinar hosted by EE Business Intelligence and the U.S. Embassy/USAID in South Africa.


The 4th Green Hydrogen Webinar for Southern Africa is facilitated by EE Business Intelligence, and co-hosted with the U.S. Embassy/USAID in South Africa. The U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Mr Todd P. Haskell will introduce Mr Valli Moosa, Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission, who will present the opening keynote address.


DATE: Thursday 29 July 2021

TIME: 14h00 to 17h10 SAST (GMT+2)

PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar

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





# Todd Haskell, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim at U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa

# Valli Moosa, Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa

# Dr Sunita Satyapal, Director: Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies, U.S. Dept of Energy

# James MnyupeEconomic Advisor to the President of Namibia

# Natascha Viljoen, CEO, Anglo American Platinum, South Africa

# Dr Robert T. Do, CEO, SG H2 Energy Global, Washington DC, USA

# George Varma, Partner, Pinsent Masons, Perth, Australia

# James Mackay, Director, Energy Strategy and Infrastructure, PwC, South Africa




This is the 4th in a series of 5 webinars that explore the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities provided by green hydrogen and derivatives in the mining, chemicals, electricity, iron and steel, cement, agriculture and transportation sectors.

The co-hosting of the webinar by the U.S. Mission in South Africa and USAID signals the interest and support of the U.S. Government in green hydrogen initiatives in the Southern Africa region.

The participation of the Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission is intended to detail South Africa’s positions at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 1 – 12 Nov 2021, and the role of green hydrogen in the decarbonisation, development and transformation of the economies of the region.


Green hydrogen and derivatives are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road, rail and air transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.


South Africa has exceptional endowments of platinum group metals, wind and solar natural resources, and mature mining, petro-chemical, iron and steel, industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors, coupled with low population density and the availability of relatively low-cost land.


This provides a unique opportunity for decarbonisation, re-industrialisation and job creation around the green economy in South Africa.





14h00 – 14h05: Welcome by Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence

14h05 – 14h15: Opening by Todd Haskell, U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa

14h15 – 14h30: Keynote by Valli Moosa, Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa

14h30 – 14h50: Presentation by Dr Sunita Satyapal, U.S. Dept of Energy

14h50 – 15h10: Presentation by James Mnyupe, Office of the Presidency, Namibia

15h10 – 15h30: Presentation by Natascha Viljoen, Anglo Platinum, South Africa

15h30 – 15h40: Comfort break

15h40 – 16h00: Presentation by Dr Robert Do, SG H2 Energy Global, USA

16h00 – 16h20: Presentation by George Varma, Pinsent Masons, Perth, Australia

16h20 – 16h40: Wrap-up and closure by James MackayPwC, South Africa

16h40 – 17h10: Q & A facilitated by Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence



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