The SA Women in Energy Network (SAWIEN) was created to provide networking opportunities for women, by women, while concurrently showcasing the valuable contributions of women in the energy field. It provides a unique platform for connection, conversation, growth and knowledge sharing.

The SAWIEN initiative is supported by the British High Commission in Pretoria and it is facilitated by leading energy publication, 25 Degrees in Africa, who advocates and supports the powerful role women play in this sector.

Looking ahead
“Our goal is to give exposure to individuals of all levels who are helping our country overcome energy and sustainability challenges. Not only will we be giving upcoming talent a platform where they can showcase their ideas, innovations and projects, but we are also focusing on career and leadership development,” says van Marlene van Rooyen, Founder of SAWIEN, Editor of 25 Degrees in Africa and two times winner of the South African National Energy Journalism Award and the ETA Women In Industries Award in 2008.

The network aims to bring women from all energy sectors, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, engineering and petrochemicals together to provide a space where they can network with peers and gain access to people, information and career opportunities.

Member benefits
SAWIEN members can look forward to increased participation by women in the energy industry, engaging with various stakeholder groups in the sector simultaneously as well as learning from one another. Membership benefits include a range of networking opportunities, facilities and resources as well as news about progress and developments in the energy field.

SAWIEN members will further be able to participate in luncheons and networking events to connect and expand their particular industry objectives, attend and partake in speaking engagements on topics of mutual interest and benefit and share in the SAWIEN voluntary outreach initiative.  

The cost of membership for the year is R1250.

For more information about the event or to discuss opportunities for exposure, contact Marlene van Rooyen on 083 327 3746 or

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