WIE Rise Together Campaign - Winnie Mamatsharaga




Winnie Mamatsharaga is responsible for Gender Mainstreaming and Transformation in the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. She is a gender expert who has spent more than 7 years focusing on women empowerment in the energy sector which has culminated in the development of the Energy Sector Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Policy and Strategy.

Winnie has also coordinated youth development in the energy sector for 3 years and led programmes such as Learners Focus Week and Youth in Energy Dialogues. She recently completed the MOOC in Energy Transition towards Low Carbon Economy from IFP School.

Why do you believe in Africa’s energy sector?

Africa is rich in natural resources and that should give it platform to lead the energy sector globally. African Women need to benefit economically as end users and participants in the energy value chain to eliminate energy poverty that affect women most.


What is your advice for women who say they struggle to make themselves heard in the workplace? 

It does not take women from a senior or executive level to be heard, junior women too can be heard in the workplace. Through our Constitution, women have rights to be heard and contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our workplace and country.


How do you deal with women competing with each other in the workplace?

Women are born to build, nurture and support other beings, including other women. In an environment which is male dominated, we can only penetrate and grow by supporting and lifting each other, instead of competing each other.


If you were your country's energy minister what would you do to make it easier for women to enter/stay/thrive in the energy sector?  

As they say, “Knowledge is power”. Above education and training, women need to be empowered with information and skills about the energy sector. It is a collective responsibility between men and women for women to enter, stay and thrive in the energy sector.


What is your favourite book/quote to recommend as inspiration to others?

"The value of women’s inclusion in the energy sector value chain and global workforce, at all levels, and under the right circumstances (equitable, inclusive, safe and flexible workplace practices), has demonstrable benefits to women, their families and communities and to their national economies)" - GWNET, 2019, Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change.


Who would you like as a mentor at work if you could ask anyone in the world? Why?

Anyone who is willing to take me though a journey in the energy sector.

Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd
  • Gridspertise
  • SAP
  • Sulzer

Diamond Sponsor

  • General Electric

Silver Sponsor

  • Siemens
  • Megger

Registration Sponsor

  • SAP

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Eskom GC

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • IFC

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi