Chanda Nxumalo makes history as she leads SAPVIA

Renewable industry body the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has elected Chanda Nxumalo, a director of Harmattan Renewables, as chairperson.

With her election, SAPVIA says Nxumalo joins Dr Rethabile Melamu in making history, as it is the first time the group has had a black female chairperson working with a black female CEO.

Dr Melamu, a chemical and environmental engineer, took over as SAPVIA CEO last month.

SAPVIA, which seeks to grow the solar PV sector in SA, says the new leadership will now “lead the organisation into a new decade of solar”.

The association, which was launched in 2010, held its annual general meeting (AGM) last week, during which the new leadership was elected together with a management committee.

In a statement, SAPVIA says Nxumalo has a 13-year record of delivering in the renewable energy and power sector, making her an ideal candidate to lead the association.

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