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SAPIA Appoints New Chairperson

19 January 2022, Johannesburg – The South Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) today announces the appointment of Hloniphizwe J Mtolo as the new Chairperson of the Board. He succeeds Mariam Kane-Garcia, MD and CEO of TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa. Kane-Garcia served as SAPIA Chairperson for the past two years and assumes the role of deputy chairperson for 2022.

Mtolo is the Country Chair of Shell Companies in South Africa and Head of the Downstream Operations. He is the Executive Director for Shell Downstream SA, the alternate Chairman of SAPREF and is a council member of Business Leadership South Africa. Mtolo will serve as SAPIA Chairperson for the period of 2022 and 2023.

He will lead SAPIA in its key priorities which, following the release of the regulations for Petroleum Products Specifications and Standards, is to transition to cleaner fuels through a fair regulatory and financial framework with an obtainable implementation date. To facilitate the security of supply of petroleum products and promote health, safety, security, and environment within the industry. Mtolo will provide strategic input and direction into the development of climate change policy and regulations including that pertaining to the monitoring, measuring, and reporting of GHG emissions as well as to promote industry transformation and skills development.

On his appointment, Mtolo says, “I am honoured to have been given this opportunity. Being at the helm of this organisation, I will ensure that we continue to conduct business safely, sustainably, responsibly and aligned to workable environmental solutions for our industry. The work we will be undertaking is important given the fact that today, we are more relevant than ever. SAPIA is an integral part of the South African business industry, and this nation relies on us to sustain petroleum and liquefied petroleum gas. I am looking forward to improving working relations with all key industry stakeholders.”

SAPIA is a trade organisation representing the main petroleum and liquefied petroleum gas companies in South Africa. It plays a strategic role in addressing a range of common issues relating to the refining, distribution and marketing of petroleum and LPG products, as well as promoting the industry’s environmental and socio-economic progress. SAPIA fulfills this role by proactively engaging with key stakeholders.

“We welcome the appointment of Mr Mtolo,” says Avhapfani Tshifularo, Executive Director of SAPIA,
“and we look forward to working together in successfully driving the industry’s strategic agenda.”