EPC Power Systems Divisional News – Sy Gourrah appointed Head of ACTOM Power Systems

Sy Gourrah appointed Head of ACTOM Power Systems


Well-qualified and respected Sy Gourrah appointed as head of ACTOM Power Systems

Sy Gourrah, a well-respected electrical engineer who has held key posts at Buffalo City Municipality (East London) and been involved in a range of electrical infrastructure projects in various parts of the country as a consulting engineer, has been appointed General Manager of ACTOM Power Systems, the ACTOM group’s substation project management business unit.

Gourrah, 44, a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering graduate from Mangalore University in India, took up the position with effect from June 1, 2016. She has been a Contracts Manager at the business unit for the past year.

Gourrah obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) earlier this year. She is a Fellow and Council Member of the SA Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and is an active volunteer of the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA). She was President of the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU) from 2008 to 2010.

She is also an Advisor to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Eskom turnaround strategy.

She was employed at Buffalo City Municipality from 2001 to 2011, initially holding the post of

Deputy City Electrical Engineer and later appointed General Manager, Electrical & Mechanical Services. She has also worked for several firms of consulting electrical engineers and associated companies in various capacities, including that of Deputy CEO of an electrical infrastructure construction company.

Sybrand Nel, Divisional CEO of ACTOM’s Engineering Projects & Contracts division, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Sy as General Manager of ACTOM Power Systems to head up this key business unit. Her appointment is well-deserved, taking into account her impressive track record and proven expertise and experience in this field.

“We have every reason to expect seeing ACTOM Power Systems achieve healthy development and good business growth under her management.”

Gourrah, who was born in India, grew up and attended school in Zambia and South Africa. She has spent her entire working career in South Africa since studying for her degree at Mangalore University, where she graduated in 1995.