Dear Ms. B Dlamini
REF: Testimony for Thembinkosi Maphosa

My name is Thembinkosi Maphosa. I am a second year PhD student at the University of the Western Cape in the School of Business and Finance. My supervisors are Dr. Abdullah Bayat from the University of the Western Cape and Professor Philip Lloyd from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. My first presentation at an international conference was during the Power Gen-X Energy conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. It was held between the 19th and 20th of July 2017. The Gen X theatre was sponsored by MATLENG Energy Solutions, ABB, and SAIEE.

The sponsors, collectively gave an opportunity to students studying towards attaining an energy related qualification to present at the international conference. I learnt a lot from the presentations. I also got the opportunity to learn also from the presentations by the captains of the energy industry.

I presented on the financial mechanisms which might be implemented to help renewable energy projects in low income communities to be financially sustainable. The presentation has now formed part of my literature in my Thesis literature review chapter. The presentation also aided as one of the answers to one of my study research questions. The research question is: What strategies can be recommended to stakeholders, including what the residents can do, to help address the challenges of financial sustainability of a renewable energy project in low income communities?

In my next presentation, if given a chance I would like to present on the “Impact of clean cooking stoves on sustainability in a low income community; A case of Kuyasa CDM project. The study recognises that South Africa although a developing country but highly industrialised ranks amongst the highest carbon emitters in the world. It emits about 489, 772 kg tons of CO₂ and Korea is ranked ninth in terms of annual carbon emissions with 618, 000 kg tons of CO₂ per year. Korea has been an active participant in CDM projects since its ratification in 2002, and to date, it is the third highest issuer of CERs overall, after China and India, and seventh in the total number of projects registered in the Asia and Pacific region. Korea is viewed to have reaped the financial and non financial benefits of the CDM. South Africa is no exception.

I will also be attending the Gas-to-Power Congress which is in collaboration with the 18th Africa Utility Week as a student. The Congress is to take place on the 15th and 16th of May 2018. The Hon Minister Jeff Radebe will officially open the Congress. The Chairman of MATLENG, Dr. Neli Magubane will also be one of the speakers in the Gas-to-Power Africa Congress session on Wednesday, 16th May 2018.

Thank you for offering me this opportunity again, as I build my confidence in the energy industry through exposure, reading, research, writing and presenting.

Should you require further information. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my supervisors.
Thank you. Yours sincerely Thembinkosi
Thembinkosi Maphosa