Solzen Energy boasts a management team of entrepreneurially skilled professionals with combined business, management, corporate and academic experience of over45 years. With such complementary skills and capabilities, the team has well-balanced business management and trade skills that will put the company in the forefront of Africa’s energy industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Vusi Ndala is an accomplished and results driven entrepreneur with expertise in strategic management, business turnarounds, revenue management, performance optimization, finance, sales and marketing, business and market development, risk management and project management. He is an MBA graduate in Global Business & Sustainability from ALTIS, Italy and has a Diploma in Strategic Management from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands. He also holds a Master degree in Philosophy specializing in Labour Relations Management, a BAdmin Honours degree in Public Management and BAdmin in Public Administration all obtained from the University of Pretoria. With over 20 years of solid corporate, business, management and entrepreneurial experience, he gained significant corporate and business experience across various industries in his professional career.
He founded Mzilakatha Strategic Management Service (renamed Ndalzen Group) headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2009 specialising in strategic management advisory and consulting. The business has since expanded its operations to focus on investments in agro-processing, construction, energy and distribution. In early 2011 he successfully started a medium-size bakery business based in the township of Diepsloot, North of Johannesburg that distributed freshly baked bread in the township and surrounding areas. He sold the bakery when he took his sabbatical leave to study MBA in Italy in September 2011. While in Italy he conceptualized a food business with focus on nutritional based foods. Mizlek Foods was successfully established in December 2014.
He is an achiever of note. He has been awarded several accolades for meritorious service from both professional and community organisations. Chief among others are the Black Management Forum (BMF) Gauteng Manager of the year in 2006, Employee of the Year for two consecutive years in 2002 and 2003 by Sowetan/Hollard Achievers Club, UCSC International Scholarship Award, Nuffic Scholarship Award, NRF Scholarship Award and numerous in-house company awards and accolades while he was still in the employ of various companies. As the co-founder of Solzen Energy, with over 20 years of business and management experience and 10 years of entrepreneurial success, he brings business acumen and entrepreneurial flair to Solzen Energy.
Andre Jansen Van Nieuwenhuizen
Chief Technology Officer
Andre is a Process Engineer with over 35 years professional experience, 13 of which he spent as a researcher in nanotechnology. He spent many years in his professional career doing extensive research in improving functional qualities of materials through nanotechnology. He is an expert in the design of factories in novel processes
His specialty areas are in novel extraction processes for natural products, product formulation, extrusion product design, extraction optimization, process design and optimization, plant design, cost estimation, sourcing and commissioning. He is the founder and owner of AJVN Consulting and cofounder of ALA Nutri Fact on which is the shareholder in both.
He is a professional member of South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), an association for Food Scientists, Technologists and other Professionals serving the food and allied industries in South Africa. Other professional memberships include Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and South African Society of Dairy Technology (SASDT).