Technical Board

·         A1 –   AMREEN ISMAEL

·         A2 –   ADESH SINGH

·         A3 –   SIBONGILE MAPHOSA

·         B1 –   QUEENETH KHUMALO

·         B2 –   SHARON MUSHABE

·         B3 –   THEUNUS MARAIS


·         B5 –   ANITA OOMMEN

·         C1 –   MAKOANYANE THEKU

·         C2 –   MARATHON NTUSI

·         C3 –   WARREN FURNSTON

·         C4 –   BRANDON PETERSON

·         C5 –   JARRAD WRIGHT

·         C6 –   KURT DEDEKIND

·         D1 –   NISHAL MAHATHO

·         D2 –   ZWELI MBEBE

Amreen Ismael

Adesh Singh

Mr Singh is a currently the technical specialist and managing director of Total Transformer Consulting (PTY) Ltd. Formerly a chief engineer for Transformers and Reactors at Eskom, Mr Singh holds BSC and MSC degrees in Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) from The University of KZN. Mr Singh is a registered professional Engineer with ECSA (Pr.Eng 20100320) and is a member of SAIEE and has over 10 years of experience with transformers in the wires business (including mobile substation transformers, power transformers and distribution pole and ground mounted transformers).

Sibongile Maphosa

Sibongile Maphosa has a B. Eng Electrical degree from North West University and a M. Eng Electrical degree from University of Witwatersrand. He joined Eskom Distribution as an EIT in 2001 and was subsequently appointed as a Project Engineer (Designer and Co-ordinator). He was responsible for designing power lines and substations from 11kV up to 132kV. In 2006 he Joined Eskom Transmission as a Senior Substation Design Engineer responsible for compiling preliminary designs for Transmission Substation (88kV – 765kV) projects. He later moved on and worked with substation hardware and instrument transformers. He is a registered Professional Engineer with ECSA and is a full member of Cigre A3 study committee and a regional representative for Southern Africa.

Queeneth Khumalo

Ms Khumalo is a Cable Systems Chief Engineer in Eskom Group Technology (PDE HV Plant). She started at Eskom in 2007 and has held roles covering Distribution Network Development Planning and Electrification. She holds a BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria where she is currently studying towards her MEng degree. She is a registered Professional Engineer with ECSA where she also volunteers in performing Assessments, Moderations and Interviews for ECSA registration applications. She is currently a Working Group Member in CIGRE B1.56 as well as on several SANS working groups focusing on cable ratings and applications.

Sharon Mushabe

Sharon Mushabe has a BSc (Elec Eng) and a MSc (Elec Eng) from the University of Cape Town. She is a registered Professional Engineer with ECSA and is also member of the SAIEE Central Gauteng Centre. She has been employed by Eskom since 2003 and has transmission line design and construction experience in Distribution and Transmission. In her current capacity as a Chief engineer in Line Engineering Services Department, her main roles include design support to field operators during maintenance and emergency incidents, overhead line performance and general overhead line design. She is also responsible for management of the overhead line health index processes in Transmission. She is the Customer Advisory Group (CAG) representative for Africa in the CIGRE B2 Study Committee.

Theunus Marais

Theunus holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor’s Honores degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Counsil of South Africa. He has been working for Eskom since 1993 where he has been involved in sub-transmisison and distribution substation and HV line planning, design and construction (MV up to and including 132kV). He has experience in planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of substations. At present Theunus holds the position of Chief Engineer (Substation Engineering) in the Group Technology Division of Eskom responsible for national Distribution design support and standardization, as well as general Transmission design support. He is a member of various Eskom substation related care groups and work groups, including chair of the Earthing Systems care group. He also chairs the Substation Engineering Design Review Committee tasked with technically evaluating all Transmission substation projects as well as non-standard distribution substation projects. Since 2009 Theunus has been presenting SAIEE accredited substation design training to Eskom design engineers in both Distribution and Transmission. At present Theunus is the CIGRE Study Committee B3 representative for Southern Africa.

Elekanyani Mugivhi

Elekanyani Mugivhi is registered as a Candidate Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ESCA). He is currently an electrical engineer at Eskom where he is responsible for Control and Protection as well as Operation and Maintenance of the Apollo HVDC Converter Station. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also a represents Southern Africa as regular member of the CIGRE Study Committee B4 on DC Systems and Power Electronics since April 2020.

Anita Oommen

Anita Oommen has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering from the University of Kerala, India. Her career in the electrical engineering industry spans 23 years. She worked for GEC Alstom, specialising in contract management of low voltage switchgear before joining Eskom Transmission. She has been with the System Operator for the last 20 years. She was involved in various network strengthening and integration projects on the Transmission grid involving the southern African region. She was also involved in the development of protection schemes for the breaker and a half arrangement introduced on the 765kV grid. She was involved in reviewing impact of high series compensation of the network on impedance relays, when this was introduced to the Cape network in 2005. She has published a number of papers related to the impact of slow fault clearance on transformer life expectancy. She is a member of various operational, design and modification review committees within Eskom. She was a contributing member to CIGRE SC B5 WG 37 on the “Protection, Monitoring and Control of Shunt Reactors.” She is a registered professional engineer with ECSA, as well as a Senior Member of the SAIEE.

Makoanyane Theku

Makoanyane Theku was born in Free State Province, South Africa. He received the B. Tech. Electrical Engineering from the Central University of Technology, South Africa, in 2001, the BSc (Hons) degree in Electrotechnics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2003, and the MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), South Africa in 2015. He joined Eskom in 1999 as a Distribution Network Planner, became a Transmission Network Planner in 2005 and he is currently the Investment Planning Support Manager since 2015. His field of interest is Power System Analysis.

Marathon Ntusi

Marathon Ntusi (Pr Eng) has a Bsc. Electrical Engineering degree, University of Cape Town and a Msc. Electrical Engineering, University of KwaZulu Natal. From 2004 till 2007, He worked in Eskom Distribution as a Network Optimisation Analyst and in 2007 had the privilege to lead the Network Optimisation department. He joined Transmission, System Operator in 2009 as a Senior Engineer and in 2010 was appointed Chief Engineer in Ancillary Services. Among others, He is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ancillary services reserves portfolio, determination of optimum reserve requirements, providing technical support on frequency control related issues to the South African Power Pool (SAPP) Operations Subcommittee and participate in SAPP work groups, training and mentorship of young professionals. He is also currently serving as a member of study committee C2 (System Operation and Control)

Warren Funston

Warren Funston has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University of Natal, South Africa as well as a MBA from Warwick University in London. Warren has over 20 years’ experience in Environmental Management within the Power Utility business. He was part of founding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) section within Land Survey in Eskom’s Transmission Division. Warren was appointed to the management team of Transmission’s Central Grid which co-ordinated the business operations for the Transmission network feeding South Africa’s business capital city of Johannesburg. Warren was appointed to Eskom’s Generation Division as Chief Environmental Advisor to co-ordinate environmental management across Eskom’s generation fleet. Warren has specialised into the management of biodiversity and waste within Eskom’s Corporate Head Office and was appointed as Manager in 2012 to head up Centre of Excellence focussed on these two environmental categories. Warren is married and resides with his wife in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brandon Peterson

Brandon Peterson holds a BEng. Electrical Engineering and a MEng degree, both from the University of Pretoria. He worked in Eskom Distribution as a Quality of Supply Specialist and as a Chief Engineer in Eskom Transmission driving Quality of Supply Performance. Presently Brandon is working as a Senior Consultant dealing with technical investigations and driving Quality of Supply strategic initiatives. He is studying towards a PhD at the North West University. Brandon is a registered Professional Engineer with 16 years’ experience and a Senior member of the South African Institute for Electrical Engineers. Brandon is the chairperson of the South African mirror committee for the IEC SC77A.

Jarrad Wright

Jarrad is an MScEng(Elec) qualified electrical engineer and registered PrEng with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques (CIGRE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has extensive power sector experience in 11 African countries in generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power. More recently, as a Regional Manager for Energy Exemplar (Africa), his main strategic project was the establishment and expansion of the specialised software company into a respected energy consulting firm and class leading simulation tool of choice for energy market operations/planning in Africa. At the end of 2015, Jarrad took the opportunity to join the newly established Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre as a Principal Engineer. His passion involving the intersection of technical aspects and economics of power systems has motivated him to pursue his Ph.D. at WITS University. Jarrad is the Commissioner responsible for energy on South Africa’s National Planning Commission (NPC).

Kurt Dedekind

B Sc Electrical Engineering (Natal). Kurt Dedekind is the Planning Manager in the Planning Centre of Excellence for Power Delivery in Eskom, where he has been employed since 1985. He is responsible for all planning related Standards and Procedures, Specialist support, Tools and Systems and training for the broader Wires business in Eskom. Kurt’s experience ranges from Operations and Maintenance to the Asset Creation leg of the Transmission and Distribution environments. He is a member of the C6 Study Committee, and been actively involved in the C6.27 Working Group activities. Kurt is registered with ECSA as a Professional Engineer.

Nishal Mahatho

Zweli Mbebe

Zwelandile Mbebe has degrees from the University of Durban Westville and the University of KwaZulu Natal. He started his career as a lecturer while studying for his masters degree and in 2005 worked for Telkom SA as a network research Engineer and planner, planning large scale voice and data solutions including xDSL. He proceeded and joined Neotel as a first voice engineer where his contributions included technology selection, network implementation, network testing and optimisation, termination and configuration of interconnect links with the other South African Network Operators. He was part of the team that made the first call in the Neotel network with some of his skills received from specialized training in Next Generation networks completed in China. In 2008 he joined Tolplan where he became part of the team that developed the specifications, guided software development and tested the Gauteng E-tolling systems. In 2012 he joined Eskom and currently serves as an active member of the Telecommunications Study Committee and the chairman of OT Voice and Data Care Group under Eskom Steering Committee of Technologies. As a Chief Engineer, his responsibilities include the development of roadmaps and standards to support the mission critical voice and data services in Eskom, the integration and testing of new solutions to support migration of the current Eskom TDM networks to packet networks to enable smart grid. He is a registered professional engineer with ECSA, an SAIEE Senior and Council member. Zwelandile is a South African representative for CIGRE D2 (Information Systems and Telecommunications) Study Committee.