Thabo Molekoa

Managing Director Siemens

Mr. Thabo Kekana is a qualified Chemical Engineer, business, and project development professional with extensive experience in diverse sectors spanning over two decades. Mr Kekana is currently the Deputy Director General: Programmes and Projects within the department with the overall responsibility to Manage, Coordinate and Monitor Minerals and Energy Programmes and Projects.

Mr Kekana holds an MSc in Engineering (Project Management) from the University of Pretoria; completed GIBS Business School’s Certificate Programme for Management Development (PMD) and holds a BSc in Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Natal (now UKZN). He brings several years of technical experience gained both locally and globally in the Oil and Gas sectors having worked amongst others for Sasol, UOP (USA) and Natref specialising in engineering, energy efficiency initiatives, operations, contract and project management including leading strategic teams.

In addition, Mr Kekana has 13 years’ experience at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) where he specialised amongst others in development finance, business development, project development, strategy development, stakeholder and risk management. He has a flexible and agile approach towards portfolio management of complex programmes; all of which, could be surmised as his key strengths. Mr Kekana is no stranger in the public sector as he participated and contributed towards the development of key government initiatives (e.g. Biofuels strategy, IRP2010, Green Hydrogen Commercialisation strategy, Junior Mining Exploration Fund) and consequently established collaborations with various key stakeholders hence promoting the much needed public-private partnerships.

Mr Kekana has an illustrious and enviable career that demonstrates a meaningful accelerated trajectory of providing strategic leadership presence, effective communication, decision making, subject matter technical expertise and guidance in key positions he held. Conceptualising his vision as a servant leader and core to his role, Mr. Kekana brings a leadership mantra that is premised on the basis of putting people first; which is drawn from the principles of Ubuntu, whilst striving to have an optimised and cohesive team at all times.
In one of his classic quotes, Nelson Mandela said: “It’s always seems impossible until it is done”. Underpinning this journey and informed by the above mentioned quote, Mr. Kekana commits to display a professional astute in building a culture of excellence, empathy and integrity throughout. This, in his overarching approach, endeavours to drive execution to sustain a long and lasting momentum. In doing so, he aims to bring the vision and purpose in a multi-stakeholder environment to fruition by implementing high impact cross-functional portfolio of programmes within mining and energy sectors. Furthermore, the above would be driven by the quest to achieve significant transformation across the two key economic sectors, thus ensuring meaningful participation by people with disabilities, African women and youth, and ultimately promoting a Balanced Energy Transition in the South African context for long term socio-economic sustainability of our country.