Executive Management

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Dr. Ishmael Poolo
PhD (Management of Technology and Innovation), MSc (Management of Technology and Innovation), B-Tech Mechanical Engineering, NDip Mechanical Engineering, Artisan Fitter Certificate

Dr Poolo is a seasoned executive with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. He has demonstrable ability and business acumen in initiating projects and delivering sustained results. His strength lies in strategizing and leading cross-functional teams in the improvement of business processes aim at delivering shareholder value –both as a leader and expert consultant in the energy sector. He was appointed to the position in 2020.

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Dr. Tshepo Mokoka
Phd (Economics), MCom (Economics), Honours in Bachelor of Economic Science & Bachelor of Science

Dr Mokoka has considerable experience in strategic entity oversight and stewardship of complex policy and operational processes from his role as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Tourism. In these positions, he also provided expert advice within the Economics Cluster in government to inform sectoral and country growth strategies, including the energy sector. He has professional expertise in macroeconomic and financial modelling and has published several academic articles in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Mokoka’s responsibilities includes supporting the Group CEO in strategy development and execution. He will also be responsible for the following portfolios: Strategy and planning, business turn around office, managing capital projects, new business development (investments), Information and Technology (IT), Marketing and Communication as well as improving operational efficiency of the CEF Group.


Ms. Ditsietsi Morabe
MCom (Economics - Public Finance); BCom Hons (Economics); BCom (Economics & Business Economics); Certificates in Management Development Program and Executive Development Program

MCom (Economics - Public Finance); BCom Hons (Economics); BCom (Economics & Business Economics); Certificates in Management Development Program and Executive Development Program

Ms. Morabe has over 26 years of experience in Finance, Supply Chain Management and Policy analysis. She served as a member of Finance Committees; Risk and Audit Committees; and Director in Boards of different entities. She also served as the moderator for the Financial Management Key Performance Area in the National and Provincial Government Management Performance Assessment Project led by DPME. Ms Morabe joined CEF SOC in December 2020 as the Interim Group Chief Financial Officer.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the Corporate Finance, Supply Chain Management and Treasury functions of the CEF Group as well as providing strategic support to the Group CEO and the CEF Group on corporate financial matters.

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  Ms. Brenda Moagi
Admitted Attorney, LLM (International Law), LLB, Certificate in Management Development Programme 

Ms Moagi is a corporate lawyer with over 18 years’ experience specializing in commercial, compliance, regulatory, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, financing and investment, infrastructure, infrastructure development as well as mining exploration. Ms Moagi will be responsible for the following portfolios: Legal, Compliance and Risk, including Security Management.

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Mr Abdul Haffejee
B Proc, Associate of Chartered Secretaries, Admitted Attorney

Mr Haffejee is an Associate Chartered Secretary responsible for the Group’s Corporate Governance framework, and an advisor to the CEF Board on key governance matters. Mr Haffejee has a wealth of experience in contract management, company secretariat, corporate governance, legal advisory, compliance and risk management.

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Certified Ethics Officer, MBA, MDP,(Management Dev Prog),Certificate (Leadership Dev Prog), Certificate in Accountancy, NDip (Accounting)

Ms. Thupana is responsible for overseeing the human capital (HR & Payroll), Learning & Development, Employee Relations as well as the Facilities functions for CEF Group. The role also provides support and advice to the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as subsidiaries on issues relating to corporate services functions.

Additionally, Ms Thupana is also responsible for managing the Risk function for CEF. This includes overseeing and ensuring adherence to generally accepted governance, risk management and compliance practices, embedding the requirements of company ethics, and business continuity management for the organisation.

Her experience includes but is not limited to monitoring and reporting to the Board, GCEO and EXCO on the establishment and implementation of enterprise risk management and compliance programs


Vision and Mission

 To secure reliable and affordable diversified energy security solutions for the South African economy by 2030.

To provide and enable sustainable energy security solutions for South Africa in order to contribute to economic development and alleviate poverty in an environmentally responsible manner.

About CEF


CEF SOC Ltd. is involved in the search for appropriate energy solutions to meet the energy needs of South Africa, the Southern African Development Community and the sub-Saharan African region, including oil, gas, electrical power, solar energy, low-smoke fuels, biomass, wind and renewable energy sources.