October 6, 2010
Silas Zimu appointed CEO of Suzlons new South African operations
Johannesburg: Suzlon Energy Limited, the third leading* wind turbine manufacturer in the
world, announced today it was appointing Silas Zimu as country CEO and setting up an
office in South Africa.
Tulsi Tanti, the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Suzlon said: Silas
Zimu is a fantastic appointment for us. With 19 years in South Africas power sector he
understands the business like nobody else in the country. Silas experience is second to
none and he shares with us the vision for a greener tomorrow. This announcement today
underscores our belief that South Africa has huge wind potential, along with our intention to
play a major role in bringing that to fruition. We believe that wind power can help South
Africa deliver the power the country needs, along with energy security required, and create
thousands of green jobs.
Silas Zimu, who comes to Suzlon from his previous role as Managing Director of major
utility company City Power, said: My vision is clear. I want to see this great country of ours
embracing wind for all the right reasons: closing the energy gap between what we generate
currently and what we need, offering green electricity, creating many green jobs and
enabling sustainability in the social, environmental and ecological spheres.
I believe that wind has a very important place in South Africas energy portfolio, and I am
delighted to now have a strong platform with Suzlon to make that a reality.
I am thrilled to be joining the company I believe is the leader in wind generation, and I am
confident Suzlon will play a major role in helping to revolutionize South Africas electricity