23 May
2022

SolarAfrica Accelerates Growth Strategy with Three Key Staff Appointments


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To successfully deliver on their growth strategy, SolarAfrica is committed to investing consistently in its people and workplace

With the above mentioned in mind, SolarAfrica is pleased to announce the expansion of its team with three new staff appointments that reflect the company’s commitment to offering the most comprehensive expertise and insight to best serve their clients’ needs.

With 13 years’ experience in environmental and social management in Africa, Karen Potgieter joins SolarAfrica as Compliance Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Environmental Management from North-West University. With a passion for environmental projects that supports global ESG criteria, Karen’s vast experience in environmental and social auditing, due diligence assessments, environmental and social advisory services, and Environmental Project Management, to name but a few, ensures that SolarAfrica can confidently operate while being continuous stewards of sustainability. Karen has led numerous environmental projects across Africa and possesses thorough knowledge of the prevailing environmental permitting frameworks in the various countries where she has worked.
Sakhile Ngcongwane brings his extensive business experience to SolarAfrica as a Product Development Specialist. Sakhile holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Energy Studies and a Master of Management in Energy Leadership. With a keen interest in renewable energy and climate change, Sakhile strives to find opportunities to develop progressively innovative strategies that combine meaningful stakeholder engagement with sound data analysis and the appropriate product mix to achieve sustainable growth for SolarAfrica, while contributing to positive social and environmental impact. Sakhile played a leading role in installing the first solar PV-powered electric vehicle charging station in 2020 and also received the Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision (DBREV) Trust Scholarship in the same year.
Mihlava Manyike brings her vast experience in Strategic Buying, Procurement and Supply Chain Management to join SolarAfrica as Procurement & Logistics Manager. She holds a Diploma in Level 4 from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and a Diploma in Logistics from the University of Johannesburg. Specialising in the development, implementation and maintenance of procurement systems, Mihlava takes charge of functions such as sourcing, pricing, preferential procurement, cost savings and procurement project management to effectively streamline and optimise SolarAfrica’s overall procurement and supply operations. Mihlava continues to study whilst growing the supply chain functionality of the business to meet growing demands.

SolarAfrica collaborates with their clients to make a tangible and sustainable impact on their businesses, as well as the world around them. They’re an ambitious team, passionate about what they do and the core values they uphold. Their investment in the best people to build high functioning teams ensures they continue to have the breadth of insight and perspective to do just that. These new additions to the SolarAfrica team will play an instrumental role in their ability to continue their journey to becoming the leading solar financing company in South Africa, well beyond 2022.


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