Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content




Refilwe Buthelezi Pr. Eng

Vice President: Engineering Council of South Africa

Ms Refilwe Buthelezi is the  Vice President of ECSA Council and will serve on the 6th term ECSA Council for the next four years.  

Ms Buthelezi is a qualified engineer, holds multiple qualifications including a BEng in Electrical and Electronics, MEng in Engineering Management and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership.

She specialises in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Management, Risk Management, Innovation and Digital Technology, Project and Programme Management, Stakeholder Management as well as Corporate and Financial Resource Management.

Her numerous accolades include the Mover and Shaker of the Year 2017 Award under the Rand Water COO portfolio. The team she led won the Team of the Year 2017 Award under the same portfolio. Furthermore, in 2013 she was the recipient of the Keith Plowden Young Engineering Achiever Award, which is conferred annually by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). In 2012, she was a national finalist in the UJ-Group Five Excellence in Engineering and Technology awards under the category: Most Promising Young Engineer or Built Environment Professional.

Ms Buthelezi served in the fifth Term Council of ECSA and was a Vice Chairperson of the Central Registration Committee and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  She further served as an accredited Assessor, Reviewer and Moderator for professional registration.

In her role as ECSA Council Member, she also participated in the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) activities.

To promote the engineering profession, Ms Buthelezi has served in other technical fraternal organisations namely the African Utility Technology Council (AUTC), Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA) and the SAIEE.

She has served in the SAIEE Council since 2013 in various roles, is currently a Co-opted Council and EXCO member, and employed as the Operational Technology Asset Manager at Rand Water. 


Ms Buthelezi is committed to working with Council and to transform the country’s engineering industry; this includes gender, race and professional transformation and diversity through engineering excellence, resilience, agility and accountability.