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Tech-Talent Exchange & Graduate Connect Platforms

Tech-Talent Exchange & Graduate Connect Platforms

It is our collective responsibility to turn COVID-19, tragic as it is, into an opportunity. An opportunity to recalibrate our energy system into one that is fit-for-purpose. The energy storage assembly and manufacturing market in South Africa is a quiet but very notable success story. DG installations continue to grow. And if the mythical, artificial, unnecessary, and protectionist 1MW cap could be lifted to 10MW, RE could generate 1000’s more jobs and our electricity system could be, fit-for-purpose.


To this end, AltGen will be doing its part by creating the AltGen “Tech-Talent Exchange”. The service will be FREE OF CHARGE, where we will offer renewable energy project developers and installers free access to a rapidly growing database of technicians and sales staff. The reality is that we are receiving hundreds of applications from unemployed technical skills as the economic bite of COVID-19 takes hold, and we need to assist where we can.

Salary Cap (TBC):

But we are also not going to let you eat our lunch, so there will have to be limited to access and levels of staff that we are able to accommodate requests for, and to this end, we will have to put a salary cap on the roles that we enable.

Technical Work:

As we develop the offering it will become automated and eventually move online, but for now, it’s going to be a bespoke service, so if you are a PV project installer who has installations or maintenance work or needs technical skills or if know anyone who may, please email Phillip ( and he will try and help you find the skills you need through a manual search.

Again, this service is offered willingly and freely, and we are covering the overheads internally, so there will be a (yet to be determined) wage/salary cap on the roles that we can assist with.


If you are someone with some RE experience, technical sales experience, a PV technician, or a qualified installer, please send your CV to Phillip, you can do this by completing the form by click here. Note that we are just launching this free service and we are in a job-starved environment right now, so please do not expect fireworks! And please do not necessarily expect a reply from us. We would love to connect with each and every one of you, this may just not be possible.


If there are any RE IPP’s or developers who would like to advertise for graduates or interns on the AltGen jobs page, you are welcome to do so FREE OF CHARGE, with your own logo/contact details, as you prefer.

The AltGen WWW jobs page receives 1000’s of hits every month and pulls through to a number of job aggregators and job boards so we can guarantee that you will receive plenty of traction from a job advert placed with AltGen.

We will also post your advert on our social media sites, specifically on LinkedIn, where we have close to 9,000 mostly RE-specific followers.

We have also added a “Recruit Grads and Interns” page on our website where employers can submit any openings. All advert responses will go directly to the employer, and while we will assist where we can, and will do background checks for a small fee, we will not be filtering responses on your behalf. Again, we are hoping to make this an (automated) online service in the mid-term.


We do not have any graduate or internship roles at the moment but if you load your CV as a graduate, if we get one, you will be on our list, and we will email you. To apply, follow this link!


Covid-19 has and will continue to have a devastating effect on the global and African economies. In the two primary geos within which AltGen operates, South Africa and Kenya, the fallout will be with us for years to come. Energy drives economic growth, but without economic growth, there is reduced demand for all forms of energy. But this is not a condition that will continue indefinitely.

As we deal with this existential crisis a recalibrated system will emerge, and there can be no doubt that this will be very different from the previous state of play. The oil price, for the first time in history, discovered negative territory as tankers sailing the high seas could not offload their cargo. Oil majors have slashed CAPEX expenditure. This is not a world where producers are cooperatively reducing production any longer, this is a place where oil production is grinding to a halt.

And in this, is an opportunity. We have already had glimpses of a better future. Cities that have been covered in smog for decades, can now breathe. Wildlife that was banished from the human landscape is making a tentative comeback. And this is a future powered by renewable energy. Besides the obvious health and environmental benefits, renewables are cheap, easily deployed, and reliable, especially with the addition of storage. It’s a no-brainer.

Sean Gibson

Managing Director

“AltGen is all about effecting change, through people. With integrity, and passion”. 

Managing Director and Founder of the AltGen’ Group. Sean has played a pivotal role in steering and leading the vision and mission of AltGen, making AltGen the only highly specialist renewable energy recruitment firm operating within the renewable energy and sustainability space in Africa. Sean oversees the success of the entire group of AltGen companies.

Sean holds a Master of Philosophy in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University as well as an Honours degree from Rhodes University

Robert Veith

Sales Director

“Without quality and intelligent effort, there is no success and no reward.”

Joining AltGen in 2014, Robert started as a Recruitment Consultant and has since become our Recruitment Director overseeing the Recruitment and Executive Search division. Robert has extensive experience in securing talent for rare skills in the energy engineering market, including skills to the likes of Power System Engineers, SCADA Engineers, Project Developers and Electrical Engineering skills specific to design.

Through Robert’s leadership, each recruitment team is enabled to focus on their specific area of expertise, ensuring all client hiring needs are met. Through Robert’s years of dedication to sourcing and securing top talent in the industry, he has a wealth of insight into the skills market and provides our clients with a competitive advantage in a scarce skills environment enabling them to effectively execute on some of the most challenging renewable energy projects across Africa. Robert is also responsible for growth of the engineering recruitment team.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management from UNISA as well as a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from CPUT.

Lindy Taylor

Business Development & Innovation Director

“The success of an organisation is defined by its people.”

As the Innovation & Business Development Manager, Lindy is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of AltGen. Through her big picture vision, Lindy has enabled AltGen to remain responsive in the cleantech space. She is responsible for engagements with new clients.
Lindy initially joined AltGen in 2015 and has grown into being an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures a collaborative approach with clients catering to their custom needs. Her focus is on attaining new clients, as well as handling contractual relationships with new and existing stakeholders.
Lindy holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Social Sciences from Rhodes University.

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Chris Roetz

Workforce Management Services: General Manager

“My goal is to deliver exceptional operational performance within AltGen – Northern Cape building on people, energy and sustainability”

Chris Roetz oversees AltGen’s Workforce Management division in the Northern Cape. He is responsible for the successful execution of HR advisory and management services for clients’ utility-scale projects in the region. Currently, Roetz mobilises an outsourced staff complement of over 200 employees. He also steers AltGen’s Solar Works programme in conjunction with his Pofadder based team.

Chris has 20 years of professional experience in an HR and outsourced staffing capacity within the energy environment and holds a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from UNISA.

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Muslim Janoowala

Consulting Services: Senior Consultant & Business Development Lead

“My focus is to be able to do impactful work, being in the front lines of the development sector finding solutions to safe and reliable drinking water, power and sanitation”

Muslim Janoowala drives AltGen’s consulting services arm. Muslim has 10+ years of experience in the renewable energy, water and general engineering space in Eastern Africa and has played an instrumental role in the success of AltGen consulting engagement on the AFD Green Mini-grid Programme in Kenya. His expertise caters to M&E activities, project management, impact analysis and assessments of funded water and renewable energy programmes that “enlighten” and uplift communities in rural Africa.

Muslim holds an MSc in Construction Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Environment Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Wiehahn de Jager

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Wiehahn de Jager has specialist recruitment expertise in the finance sector and has worked on various mandates for large international and national clients on both a retained and contingency basis. Wiehahn has gained an in-depth understanding of the professional skills operating within the capital markets, fin-tech, and green finance space, with a keen focus on talented professionals within the African context. He has a strong track record successfully working on a range of skill levels, from Directors to Analysts, with a special focus on professionals from mid-level up to Corporate Executives.

Wiehahn holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Robert Slater

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“I love to serve people and be the steppingstone between them and their dream job.”

Robert Slater is an expert in the talent acquisition of carbon management, environmental and social governance-related professionals across Africa. Robert has successfully closed mandates for clients who are focused on sourcing skills with experience in climate change, clean cooking, sustainability, and agricultural environments.

Slater cares deeply for people and the planet, he has a Life Coach Training certification from New Insights and volunteers at ON A MISSION, an NPO which enables businesses and individuals to invest in carbon offset projects. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Management from UNISA.

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Natascha Marais


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. I look for people who want to change the world and introduce them to like-minded companies.”

Natascha Marais is highly skilled when it comes to sourcing those “unicorns” for our clients in the OEM, AI and technology, economic development, and legal spaces.

Natascha has proven experience in identifying and onboarding professionals to the likes of business developers, sales, and account managers as well as technical sales or software developer skills.

Marais holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law from Pearson Institute.


If you are serious about moving to the UK and are a PV Design Engineer or have engineering experience in offshore wind, in grid & transmission/network planning, or sub-station design and construction then let us know!
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