“To meet the rising energy demands of today and the future, clean gas must be part of the diverse energy mix of a country, including renewables. The economic growth aspirations of South Africa can only be realised with a secure energy industry, that is also environmentally responsible.”
Lord Peter Hain is a campaigner, politician, and author. He spent his childhood in South Africa, moving to the UK in 1966 when his anti-apartheid parents were forced into exile. He has been active in politics for over 50 years. His childhood experience and parental influence were instrumental in his lifelong interest in, and commitment to, supporting a prosperous and vibrant Africa.
He was a Member of Parliament in Britain between 1991 and 2015, and a senior Minister for 12 years, serving in the Cabinet under the leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown respectively. He has held the positions of Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, Secretary of State of Works and Pensions, Minister of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Europe), and Minister of State (Energy and Competitiveness in Europe), among others. He was also a Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal.
Tinyiko Mhlari is a director and co-founder of PSTM Chartered Accountants & PSTM Auditors Inc. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and received her Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting cum laude from the University of Pretoria. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Honours at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and her Higher Diploma in Tax Law at the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded Honorary Academic colours from the University of Pretoria and garnered two consecutive awards for the best performance in financial accounting during her undergraduate degree. She completed her articles in auditing and accounting at KPMG. She is a registered auditor with the Independent Regulatory Body of Auditors.
Before joining PSTM, Tinyiko Mhlari was a financial planner at ABI, the soft drinks division of SAB Miller, where she was responsible for managing financial controls and cost activities. Prior to that, she was an audit supervisor at KPMG, where she also completed her articles.
Tinyiko Mhlari also serves as a non-executive director Anchor Group Ltd. She has previously served on the boards of the Department of Human Settlement’s Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS), Armscor, Great North Transport, SAA, Mango and Air Chefs SOC Ltd. In addition, Tinyiko served as an audit committee member for the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA), the Department of Labour, South African State Theatre and Freedom Park.
“Gas must play an important role if South Africa is to meet its economic, political and social objectives of reducing poverty”
Aldworth Mbalati is Group Chief Executive Officer of DNG Energy, the company he founded in 2013. His interest in the energy industry stems from his belief that affordable energy is the strongest catalyst for sustainable growth, unlocking opportunity, and supporting trade. He also knows that today’s decision on energy usage will shape the quality of life for generations to come.
He spent the first four years of his career working in real estate before deciding to co-invest in a coal investment company where he focused on learning everything about the energy industry. From this time on, he has been actively involved in promoting and supporting new energy sources.
In 2009, he founded African International Energy (AIE) plc, an independent power producer providing renewable energy to the African market.
AIE was involved in generating electricity using natural gas, fuel cell technologies, underground coal gasification, coal to power, and renewable resources such as wind, solar and hydro-electric power.
He exited his investment in AIE upon its de-listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange to set up DNG Energy with the goal of helping to advance South Africa’s economic growth and meet its environmental protection obligations by providing a cleaner and cheaper fuel alternative.