Mulilo Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd (“Mulilo”), a prominent South African independent power producer majority owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Oberholzer as a non-executive director and chairman of its board of directors. With an extensive multifaceted background in the energy sector and a proven track record of leading large and complex organizations and managing multi-billion-dollar projects, Jan is poised to bring invaluable knowledge and expertise to Mulilo’s leadership team. Jan’s appointment is effective from 1 September 2023.
Jan brings a wealth of experience to his new role as chairman of Mulilo. He is globally recognized for his dynamic leadership and his commitment to fostering positive change within the energy industry. His strategic vision aligns seamlessly with the company’s mission of bringing large scale wind, solar and battery storage projects into operation in South Africa. Jan was most recently Eskom Holding’s Group Chief Operating Officer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jan Oberholzer as our new chairman,” said Johnny Cullum, CEO of Mulilo. “His deep understanding of the South African energy industry, combined with his passion for contributing to South Africa’s growth and just energy transition through the rollout of power generation projects, makes him the ideal leader to guide our company’s strategic direction. Under his guidance, we are confident in our ability to further accelerate our contributions to a cleaner, more sustainable future underpinning economic and just growth for all South Africans. Over the next 5 years, we aim to develop, own and operate 5 GW of wind, solar and battery storage projects. This, certainly, promises a lot for the future.”
Jan expressed his appreciation and enthusiasm about joining Mulilo, stating, “Mulilo is exactly what the country needs right now – a pivotal organisation investing in long term diverse and sustainable energy solutions, contributing responsibly and socially to help grow our economy for the betterment of the 61 million people as part of the just transition. Leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility and I would like to assure you that during my tenure, I intend to build on the achievements of my predecessors in office and ensure the energy Mulilo generates helps grow the South African economy through its cost competitiveness. I know the assignment is daunting, yet exhilarating, hence I call on all my Mulilo colleagues to join me to reflect on our past, critically assess the present and look forward to a brighter future with hope and commitment. Lastly and most importantly, we must acknowledge the contributions of the past Chairman whose far-sightedness and courage has ensured that we stand significantly taller today. The solid foundation that has been laid, paves the way for us to build on his successes. I am truly honoured to serve this remarkable organisation as its chairman and look forward to this new and exciting chapter with gratitude”.