“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.
Lindokuhle Mbalati currently serves as an executive director at DNG Energy Ltd. A qualified tax advisor, Lindokuhle oversees DNG Energy’s finances. She cut her teeth in financial accounting at Netcare where she was responsible for compliance and tax. Prior to that, she worked in Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR) at Ernst & Young. Lindokuhle has a keen interest in development and has plied her skills as a lecturer in taxation at Varsity College, Sandton.
Lindokuhle is a graduate of the University of Pretoria where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management Sciences and Honours in Taxation. She is a member of the South African Institute of Tax (SAIT).
“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.