Dr A.D Surridge
Position General Manager : Cleaner Fossil Fuels
Dr Surridge was engaged by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy, first as a Deputy Director and then from April 1995 as a Director. He was responsible for matters related to electricity, renewable energy, environment, energy efficiency, energy database, coal and gas and petroleum. He drafted South Africa’s first National Integrated Energy Plan, inter alia drafted four pieces of legislation, negotiated a number of international agreements, and represented South Africa at numerous international gatherings including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Programme and as Co-Vice-Chairman of the Technical Group of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. Since December 2006, Dr Surridge is General Manager- Cleaner Fossil Fuel Use at the South African National Energy Development Institute. During 2009, he established and is currently the Head of the South Africa Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.
Mr Noel Kamrajh
Position Project Manager : PCSP
Noel Kamrajh is an accomplished and highly effective Financial Specialist in Corporate, Structured & Project finance, Programme/Project Director & Head with a wealth of experience managing major industrial projects in the fields of renewable energy, mining, and Agro-Industries across the African continent. An innovative and visionary leader with polished communication skills and natural authority, who demonstrates the ability to build and motivate large, cross-functional and multi-cultural teams to complete quality work on time and within budget. A well-connected professional with the proven ability to negotiate strongly at both Government and Board level benefitting from solid technical capabilities and commercial acumen. He has worked for the Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa Limited amongst others. Currently Mr Kamrajh is the Project Manager for the South Africa’s Pilot Carbon Dioxide Storage Project.
Position Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer
Tshilidzi Tshivhase is a Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer for the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS) a division of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), which is a state owned company of the Department of Mineral Resources & Energy. Her responsibilities include managing the General CCS & Communications stakeholder engagement work stream. She holds a BAHONS in Integrated Organisational Communications from UNISA, with almost seven years of experience in the communications and stakeholder engagement field. Before joining the SACCCS Stakeholder Engagement team in 2013 she worked for the South African Red Cross Society within the communication department and her role entailed marketing, fundraising, organising events and community development. As part of her professional growth she is affiliated with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).
Mr Thulani Maupa
Position Technical Manager
Mr. Thulani Maupa is currently the Technical Lead: PCSP at SACCCS since March 2015. He holds a BSc Honours and Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GDE) both from the University of the Witwatersrand, and also a Leadership Development Programme certificate from the University of Stellenbosch. He started his career at the then JCI as a Geologist at the South Deep Gold Mine, where he worked as a Structural Geologist. In 2001 he moved to Sasol Mining in Secunda, starting first at the Exploration Division where in 2002-03 achieved and Excellence award as part of the Directional Drilling Department. He then moved to Middelbult Colliery where he was responsible for implementing directional drilling in and underground section, at first for Sasol Mining. Between 2007 and 2013 he was the Geology Manager at CoAL, responsible for setting up exploration programme for Makhado and Vele Colliery projects in Limpopo Province with the latter developing into a mine. He is currently responsible for the implementation of the technical programme for the PCSP, including the Pilot CO2 Monitoring Project at Bongwana.
Mr Thabo Mosia
SACCCS Project Coordinator
Mr Thabo Mosia joined SANEDI in 2017 as a Project Coordinator responsible for general South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage’s (SACCCS’) projects including inter alia: - CCS Bursary Programme; - Evaluating project progresses; - Enhancing CCS capacity building programmes; and - Keeping up-to-date with developments of CCS worldwide. Mr Mosia is a qualified Geologist with degrees in Geology & Energy Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management. Currently Mr Mosia is pursuing a Master degree in Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies at the University of Witwatersrand. Mr Thabo Mosia started his career at De Beer’s Venetia mine in Musina, Limpopo Procince as a Project Geologist for Genap Consulting commisioned by De Beers to assist during the exploration of an orebody extension at the mine. He was assigned to perform geotechnical and minerology core logging. In 2009, Mr Mosia joined the Department of Energy (DoE) as a Policy Developer: Coal. At the DoE he was involved in projects such as security of coal supply to the local energy producers and climate change mitigation strategies. The latter includes the development of cleaner fossil fuels technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). His responsibilities included amongst other, liaising with relevant local and international stakeholders within the energy and mining sectors; reviewing and developing policies, strategies and plans required to achieve the country’s objectives and monitoring projects aimed at responding to related energy matters.
Ms Gcobisa Melamane
Position Environmental Monitoring Lead
Ms Gcobisa Melamane commenced her career at Mintek – a minerals and metallurgy research organization. She spent 4 years as a Chemical Engineering Technician/Project Co-ordinator at their Pyrometallurgy division, focusing on projects such as Chlorination of Titania slag. Her duties included project planning, execution and reporting for projects for mining houses such as Exxaro and AngloAmerican. The second phase of her career was at SGS – Environmental Services, where she spent 5 years as a Supervisor: Emissions Monitoring/Project Planning, the focus of her duties at SGS was Air Quality Monitoring, which included stack emission monitoring and dust deposition monitoring. During her time at SGS, she had been contracted to organisations such AngloAmerican, Glencore, Lonmin, Sasol, Samancor, to name a few. Gcobisa currently works for SACCCS a division of SANEDI as an Environmental Monitoring Lead. She joined the organization in 2015. Her role is responsible for development, implementation and management of surface monitoring (atmospheric, soil, water & ecosystem) in preparation for the Pilot CO2 Storage Project (PCSP). The monitoring packages will form an integral part of the PCSP, where they are performed to ensure the integrity of carbon storage in geological formations. Gcobisa holds a ND: Chemical Engineering, BTech: Operations Management, Certificates: Environmental Impact Assessment (NQF 6), Strategic Management and BSc (Hons): Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (current).
Mr Douglas Phakula
Position Technical Officer
Douglas Phakula is a Technical Officer for the Pilot CO2 Storage Project (PCSP) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). He joined Sanedi in September 2013 as an intern for the Shale Gas Project. After completing his internship program he graduated with a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Vaal University of Technology (VUT). Douglas started working for the PCSP in April 2016 focusing on sourcing & transport of CO2 and the risk assessments for the PCSP. With a chemical engineering and technical background, Douglas has an understanding of the logistical and handling requirements of CO2. And thus he forms part of the PCSP technical team. Prior to PCSP, he was assigned to the Sanedi’s Shale Gas Project for two and half years. The overall objective of the Shale Gas Project was to assess the feasibility of shale gas exploitation in South Africa. During project execution he contributed intensively to three in-house tasks; • Carbon dioxide emission reduction due to fuel switching from coal to gas • Options for using carbon dioxide during the extraction of shale gas • Matching supply and demand for natural gas and infrastructure requirements