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Kgabo Mashalane is a South African qualified lawyer in the anti-corruption and compliance practice, with experience advising on market entry considerations, research on anti-corruption and bribery in Senegal, Mauritania, and Ghana. She has advised international clients on lobbying compliance laws in South Africa in interactions with members of government, parliament, and other authorities. She also has experience working on infrastructure and renewable energy projects and corporate transactions across Africa and the Middle East, having practiced in the project finance and development practice at Covington. Ms. Mashalane's experience includes corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions) relating to the international energy and infrastructure projects and advisory experience in the financing of transport in South Africa.

On 4 April 2018, Covington’s client Building Energy, a multinational company operating in the renewable energy industry, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the South African state owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd (Eskom) to build, own and operate a 147 MW wind plant in Roggeveld (on the border of the Western and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa). Building Energy had been awarded preferred bidder status under Round 4 of the South African Department of Energy Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme for the wind project in April 2015. The Roggeveld wind farm will generate around 613 GWh per year and the energy generated will provide energy to 49,200 households every year, while avoiding the emission of about 502,900 tons of CO2 emissions. Construction work is scheduled to begin in 2018 and the commercial operation date is foreseen to be in April 2021. Matteo Brambilla (Building Energy’s Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East) commented “We are delighted to have signed the agreement in the presence of Minister of Energy of South Africa, for the construction of the Roggeveld plant, which represents our first wind farm in South Africa. We are also excited to develop two of the 2.3GW of renewable energy projects allocated by South African Government in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa”.
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