Ms Nelisiwe Magubane started her career in Eskom, a South African electricity utility. After a stint in the private sector as a consulting electrical engineer, she joined the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Chief Director responsible for the restructuring of the electricity sector, planning and implementation of the electrification programme. She was later appointed as a Deputy Director General responsible for the development of the policies that govern the electricity, nuclear and clean energy in South Africa.
She was then appointed as Director General of Energy in December 2009. She was responsible, amongst other things, of the development of the Integrated Resource Plan, improved access to electricity for over a million households in four years.
Ms Magubane is an expert advisor in energy regulation, policy and procurement. She is currently working advising the Government of Tanzania on the design of their reverse auctions. She is also working with the Tetratech team in restructuring Tanesco, the Tanzanian electricity utility, as part of Power Africa Transactions and Reform Program (PATRP).
Ms Magubane is a former member of the Engineering Council of South Africa and a Chairperson of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. She has been named one of the top 50 most influential figures in the Southern African Power sector by the ESI Africa Magazine.
As an entrepreneur, she has established Matleng Energy Solutions, a 70% women owned company that provides energy solutions. She has also been appointed to the Board of State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as a Non – Executive director. She has also been appointed as a member of the Thebe Energy and Resources Advisory Council, which advises Thebe Investments on strategy.