SARETEC Team

Marshall Sheldon

Chairperson

Prof Marshall Sheldon has been with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for almost 20 years where she is currently the Dean of the Engineering & the Built Environment Faculty at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Prof Sheldon qualified with a Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering and started lecturing in the department of Chemical Engineering in 1999.

Prof Sheldon is a registered Professional with ECSA, SAIChE, SASEE and IChemE. she has also successfully graduated 8 Masters and 3 Doctoral students with 8 Masters and 1 Doctoral students currently in progress.

Mokgadi Modise

Director

Ms Mokgadi Modise is the Director: South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering (M.Sc – Eng) specialising in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (then University of Durban Westville). She further holds a Higher Education Diploma from University of Limpopo together with her Bachelor of Science Honours in Microbiology and Advanced Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management.

She was fortunate to obtain an Advanced Professional Training Certificate in Environmental Management and in Cost Minimisation in Industry through a Scholarship provided the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany. She holds Certificates in Business Communication and SAIM Business Management from the University of South Africa. Prior to joining the CPUT, she was the Chief Director: Clean Energy for 10 (ten) years responsible for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Designated National Authority and Energy Efficiency Projects respectively at the Department of Minerals and Energy.

Preceding her employment at the DMRE, she served as the Director: Environmental Engineering within the National Water Resources Infrastructure Brach in the Department of Water and Sanitation. She has extensive knowledge and experience in water and energy sector with respect to policy implementation, overall projects management at municipal, provincial and national level including strategic planning and international relations.

Toni Beukes

Toni has 12 years’ experience in the energy sector across oil, gas and renewable energy (specifically wind). She’s predominantly held roles in legal, governance, compliance, leadership and consulting. Her wind energy experience stems from her work in the South African renewable energy private sector working for a number of OEMs. Toni is currently the Renewable Energy Sales Leader for Southern Africa in onshore wind at GE Renewable Energy and a member of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Toni holds a B.Juris and LL.B degrees, and MBA and LL.M degrees (with Distinction) from the University of Dundee in Scotland. Toni is a qualified Conveyancer and governance professional, accredited as a Certified Director of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

Mpho Mookapele

Mpho’s career spans over 10 years in the private and public sector in the finance and regulating environment. She has been the CFO of the Energy & Water SETA (eWSETA) since 2016 and after 18 months she was appointed as the Acting CEO for two years, before being appointed to this role on a permanent basis in November 2020.

Mpho holds a BCom Hons (Accounting) and is CA (SA). She also has a Diploma in Theology.

Sisa Njikelana

Sisa has vast political experience, being a Parliamentary representative, experience in education, involvement in trade unions, business ventures.

Sisa has a Diploma in in Applied Social Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom, a Certificate in Leadership Communication obtained in Rhodes University. Sisa’s academic achievements include being appointed as an external moderator as well as research fellow at the University of Johannesburg.

Peter du Plessis

Peter has more than 30 years experience in the Finance industry. He is the current Executive Director of Finance at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Peter holds a BCom CA (SA), Accounting from the University of Cape Town.

David Phaho

Dr David Phaho is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

He holds several qualifications in chemistry, innovation, finance, and management including a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemistry he obtained in the United States as a Fulbright Fellow. David was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tshumisano Trust (now part of the Technology Innovation Agency). Before joining CPUT, David was Vice President: Centre for Innovation and Business Impact with monitoring and evaluation oversight of Sasol’s Research and Development Project Portfolio.

David has sat on the boards of a number of business entities such as Foskor (Pty) Ltd and Pikitup Johannesburg as an independent, non-executive Director. He has also previously served as Chair of Council of Vaal University of Technology amongst other professional activities.