PuRK Energy & Water is a future thinking energy & water company, focused on developing clean water projects on the African continent and making a difference to every life. Water and energy are critical elements for the development of society, whilst also strengthening human dignity. The advancement of technology and the connectedness across the world allows for innovation and accessible solutions
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Water is the most vital natural resource on the planet, needed for human survival and a critical input into our food, manufacturing, and energy systems. It is predicted that the demand for water globally will increase by 55 percent between 2000 and 2050. The demand will be driven by agriculture to feed the growing population. But, we continue to place increasing pressure on freshwater resources through a rapidly growing population, ever rapidly changing climate, increasing pollution and general water wastage.
We at PuRK Energy & Water see an opportunity to play a positive role in helping to alleviate some of these challenges by creating and implementing effective solutions to make clean, safe and affordable drinking water available to everyone.
Water shortage is a global risk and South Africa and other African countries are no different. The problem is so severe and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 is focused on water and associated challenges, with several sub-goals related to different water challenges.
Water utility providers and municipalities are faced with many challenges including aging infrastructure, booming populations and demand that is fast outstripping supply. More effective water network management is essential in addressing these and other potential future issues.
Our focus is on:
- Waste water effluent treatment to energy solutions
- Desalination plants
- Water extraction and purification systems using renewable energy
- Effective and affordable sanitation systems
Our values guide how we do our business and is the foundation of what we do
Our Mission and Vision
Board of Directors
Roshni is an experienced business leader with a professional engineering background having over 15 years solid experience and a proven track record in delivering sustainable results, primarily in heavy industries (cement, glass and mining)
She has held numerous executive and senior management positions at PFG Building Glass, PPC and AfriSam. With a solid experience in strategy development and execution, business development and M&A, strong financial and operational management, business performance and strategic turn around programs, project management from conceptual studies to financial structuring to implementation, using highly analytical skills and decisive leadership. Her in-depth understanding of growth opportunities across different industrial sectors, and specialist experience and in-depth knowledge of the African continent, local African market dynamics and unique geographic specific ecosystems is a distinctive advantage.
Roshni has the distinct advantage and specialist technical and commercial skills and experience in developing sustainable and economically feasible energy strategies, supported by robust implementation plans. Her most recent experience was the development of two co-generation projects up to bankable stage and contract signature, as well as feasibility studies on a number of solar and alternative energy projects.
Kurren has 13 years of professional experience, the past 10 of which was spent in corporate finance. His last position was Associate Director at PwC Corporate Finance where he advised on transactions totaling more than R30 billion in BEE, valuations, acquisitions, divestures, finance raising, mergers, cross-border transactions and restructuring.
Kurren set up, managed and successfully led the India/South Africa corporate finance team at PwC Corporate Finance which is today one of the leading teams in advising major Indian companies on acquisitions, BEE and joint ventures in South Africa.
Whilst at PwC he had dealings with executives from Greenko, Mytrah Energy, NSL Power, TATA Power and Foster Wheeler, all multinational wind energy developers and numerous financiers and advisers in this sector. Kurren is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an executive director and founder of Zuko Capital.
Solly is the non-executive chairman of Power Matla (Pty) Ltd, a locally owned black empowered company with investments in various portfolios within the energy and ICT markets. Solly brings a wealth of experience to the board which he gained through the various marketing and executive positions he has held previously.
Previously an executive for Shell, AT&T and ESKOM, he gained valuable knowledge and experience in the various disciplines of strategic marketing and human resources.
Solly holds a B. Com – UNIN, B. Com (Hon) from UNISA, an Advanced Management Programme from Harvard University in the USA, as well as an MBA from Rutgers Business School in the USA. He sits on eight different Boards of Directors and acts as Chairman on three boards. Previously he held board positions in Billion Group, Ariviakom, Eskom Finance Company, South Dunes Coal Terminal, Golang, Eskom Enterprises, Eskom Pension Fund, MEETI and African Tramways.
Kgathola holds a B. Com in Business Management and Economics and he is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Power Matla (Pty) . As a Non-Executive director, he sits on the board and sub-committees of numerous companies including Powertech Transformers (Pty) Ltd, Altech UEC and Dorper Wind Farm.
Kgathola commands an extensive knowledge of Supply Chain Management at operational and executive level, spanning twenty five (25) years in various companies including, Eskom, SASOL, Transnet, Harmony Gold Mining, Rio Tinto and a former Executive Group Supply Chain Services for Pretoria Portland Cement Company Ltd.
Whilst working for the above-mentioned companies, Kgathola attended numerous Management Development Programmes, Senior Executive Programmes including The ESKOM Graduate Programme In Utility Management (1996) offered by Samford Business Global Utilities Institute and a Certificate In Programme In Leadership Development (2005) by Wits University Graduate
School Of Business Administration.
He has been instrumental in the conclusion of business deals for Power Matla. As a result, he was exposed to and work with various corporate finance advisory service providers on Power Matla deals, involving mergers and acquisitions, BBBEE ownership
transactions, company valuations, equity and debt capital raising activities.
Maggie is the Director of Business Development and Corporate Services for Power Matla (Pty) Ltd, a locally owned black empowered company with investments in various portfolios within the energy and ICT markets, Maggie has a vast amount of experience which she gained through the various operational, managerial and executive positions she held previously.
Maggie’s career commenced with Tongaat Starch as a trainee engineer with her eventually progressing to senior process engineer. Following that she joined SAB as Production Manager and Powertech Transformers as General Manager before moving to Hollard Insurance where she continued to serve as a senior manager until December 2015. Her background in the manufacturing and insurance industry and extensive knowledge in operations management, key stakeholder relationships, continuous improvement, and human capital management serves her well for her current position.
Maggie holds a BSC in Chemical Engineering as well as an MDP from University of Cape Town and an MBA from Wits Business School. Currently she also sits on the Boards of Powertech Transformers (Pty) Ltd and Epiworx.
Sikkie is the Finance Director at Power Matla (Pty) Ltd, a locally owned black empowered company with investments in various portfolios within the energy and ICT markets. Sikkie’s vast amount of experience which he gained through the various managerial and executive positions he has held previously is extremely beneficial to the company.
Currently an independent consultant Sikkie specialises in corporate governance reviews, board appraisals and quality assurance reviews. He also provides strategic advice on financial and tax matters. Previously a partner at KPMG and a director Goboda Corporate Governance Services (Pty) Ltd as well as a senior manager at Ernst and Young he gained valuable knowledge and experience in risk management, internal audit and corporate governance. Other experience gained with Transnet and the Agricultural Development Corporation and Agricultural Bank adds to his wealth of knowledge. He also gives training for directors in performance of board appraisals and corporate governance reviews.
Sikkie holds a B. Compt (Hons) in Accounting and Auditing from the University of South Africa, a CIA from the Institute of Internal Auditors, and MBA from the University of Natal, various accounting and secretarial qualifications from CSSA, SAIPA and a Chartered Directors qualification from the Institute of Directors.
He currently sits on various company boards, namely Powertech Transformers (Pty) Ltd, Altech UEC, National Regulator for Compulsory Specification, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa and the Automobile Association of South Africa.