Dave Kruger


Dave joined the Board on formation in 2007 and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2011. He began his career in property development, managing projects in Africa and Spain.

Dave is responsible for the negotiations of the Group business partners in Africa and together with the African business partners are involved with negotiations with government and mining houses in Namibia, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa for the off-take of the energy from the power plants. Dave is actively involved with fund raising for the group. With more than 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy space, Dave has concluded numerous developments in projects in Africa.

Melvyn Antonie

Executive Director

Melvyn holds a BA LLB (Wits) and is an admitted attorney. He also obtained a Diploma in Banking from the Manchester Business School. He joined the Board on formation of SACE in 2007 as an Executive Director. In 1973 he joined Barclays National Merchant Bank where he became senior general manager, responsible for mergers, acquisitions, listings, bank syndicated positions and project financing.  He became a director of Hill Samuel SA in 1986 and was responsible for the Corporate Finance Department. He formed The Janus Corporation as a shareholder and director in 1987 and between 1996 and 1998, as part of a joint venture, was a director of SG Corporate Finance (SA) (Pty) Limited.  With his extensive experience in the financial field, Mr Antonie and Mr Wood make up the SACE/ARCP finance team. The finance team are responsible for securing CAPEX for SACE/ARCP projects.

Tim Wood

Non-Executive Director

Tim spent most of his career in the Citi banking group in 12 different countries in their commercial and investment banking sectors. Most recently he was the managing director of a multimillion private equity fund for sub-Saharan Africa. He joined the Board in July 2014 as a non-executive director. His role in SACE is primarily in finance and along with Melvyn is responsible for raising funding for projects.

Jim Friedlander

Non-Executive Director

Jim is an international lawyer. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1966, he lived in Malawi for 5 years and Kenya for 8 years. He has worked in 25 countries in Africa, as a World Bank lawyer, as a private banker at Citibank, and as a private lawyer for large and small law firms. Over the years, Jim has been on the board of NMB Bank in Zimbabwe and a Canadian mining company listed on the TSE. Jim has advised Governments in Africa and in Eastern Europe for 33 years on their investment laws as a consultant to the World Bank/IFC. Jim is currently living in London, UK.  He is a member of the ENS Tanzania law firm and a partner in a law firm in Moscow, Russia (where he lived for 8 years).

Paul Norman

Non-Executive Director

Paul joined the Board in November 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. He has been an executive at MTN since 1997. He is a member of the Group Exco and has played a  key role in MTN’s evolution from a single country business to a global business with a footprint in 22 countries. Paul has a Masters degree in Psychology from Rhodes University and also graduated from IMD in Switzerland with an MBA. He is a qualified Psychologist and before moving into Industry, he ran his own private practise. As an HR professional Paul has positioned MTN as an employer of choice across all its markets. In 2003 Paul was also awarded HR Practitioner of the Year by the Institute for People Management (IPM). In 2012 he was recognised by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), with the Life Time Achievement Award. According to SABPP, the award was in acknowledgment of his great contribution to the advancement of the Human Resources profession, not only in South Africa, but across MTN’s 22 countries of operation.  He serves as a director on several of MTN’s Subsidiary Boards. He has also established various entrepreneurial ventures in the food, motor and alternative energy sectors.

Dr Jacky Rampedi

Non-Executive Director

Dr Rampedi (MBCHB) is a graduate of Natal Medical School. He joined the Board of SACE in October 2010 as a Non-Executive Director. He is an entrepreneur, starting private practice more than 15 years’ ago and developing it into four fully operational primary healthcare clinics. In addition, he has created emergency services which are contracted to Netcare 911 and services the greater Northern Pretoria.  He has extensive community involvement and, inter alia, founded PEPCO, Winterveld Aids Awareness Campaign, BMR Football Club. In 2003, Dr Rampedi launched an initiative to establish and integrated black owned Healthcare group, providing and opportunity to acquire skills and participate in main stream economy. His achievements have demonstrated his strength of business acumen and abilities as an entrepreneur, all of which he brings to SACE as a member of the Board of Directors.

Ashley Ally

Non-Executive Director

Ashley has qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Town and Regional Planning as well as Business and Public Administration. Ashley is the Chief Executive Officer of Izingwe Holdings (Pty) Ltd; an investment company specializing in infrastructure development, industrial and mining services. He serves on the Board of Directors for both listed and unlisted companies and has investments in Anglo Gold Ashanti, Powertech IST, Nedbank, Old Mutual, Aberdare Cables, Onelogix, Scaw Metals as well as CBI Electric.

Robert W. Muchiri

Executive Director KENYA

Robert is a Kenyan agronomist with a wealth of technical skills, management experience and a track record of successful business ventures in Kenya. His local knowledge and access  in this jurisdiction makes him an invaluable and integral part of the team.

Gertrude Mwangala Akapelwa

Executive director Zambia

Gertrude is the founder, Vice Chancellor of the Victoria Falls University of Technology (VFU). She serves as a Non-Executive Director of Zambia Railways Limited and is also a member of the Finance and Administration Committee in the Company. She has served as the Chairperson of the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority Board and has served as Non-Executive Director of Zambia National Commercial Bank PLC. Her career extends over 45 years in the Information Technology, Banking and Education sectors. She is also the founder of the SPV and the originator of the renewable energy project.

Charles Mbire

Executive Director UGANDA

Charles is an Economist with a Degree from the University of Essex and an MBA from Leicester University, UK. He is one of the founding shareholders and Chairman of MTN Uganda Ltd, the largest telecommunications company in Uganda and the biggest tax payer in that country. He is the director of Eskom Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of Eskom South Africa and the Chairman and CEO of Invesco Uganda Limited. Mr. Mbire is an investor and director of Rift Valley Railways (Kenya & Uganda) Ltd, Railway Concessionaire Uganda/Kenya and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Uganda Securities Exchange (stock exchange). He has of late invested in oil exploration, oil services, energy and cement production. In 2010, he was appointed a member of the Uganda Presidential Investment Round Table and in 2011 was appointed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as a member of the Regional Advisory Group for Africa.

Daniel Brits

Project Manager

Daniel Brits has worked in sub – Saharan Africa with various groups and projects. With more than 15 years’ experience in Strategy, Research, Logistics, New Business development, Leadership and Management, Daniel adds considerable value to the team. He has experience in developing  Hybrid, renewable energy enterprises and is actively involved with the technical teams on the current projects in Africa.

Raimo Hasheela

Chief Project Officer

Raimo brings admirable skills in Project Management, Information Technology, Renewable Energy Technologies and Administrative Management.  He has greatly contributed to a number of Energy Projects in Namibia including Barrier Removal to Namibian Renewable Energy Programme.

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