May 2020


As the Northern Cape prepares itself for the spread of COVID-19, it is becoming increasingly apparent that communities need the collective efforts of public and private institutions to prevent and limit the impact of the pandemic.  Working to support the Namakwa District Office of the Northern Cape: Department of Health and the Department of Social Development, Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm have directed Economic Development funding to the most essential services including support for the district health services, community food relief and other critical needs.


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Veronice Cloete, a local Concordia resident, believes so strongly that she can make a difference in the lives of young children that she has moved heaven and earth to study, so that she can qualify as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioner and start working in her community.READ MORE

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Opinion Editorial: Transitioning to a Greener Economy

As South Africa continues its journey down the path to transitioning to a greener economy, the country is asking the energy sector to fast track procurement and calls for the implementation of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

By Ntombifuthi Ntuli*READ MORE

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Wind Power will be a key building block for Economic Recovery: Industry

  • Major players in the wind sector have published a statement that highlights how wind energy is a key building block for economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
  • Wind energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and could create nearly 4 million direct and indirect jobs as well as between $207bn or over $2tn of additional annual investments if wind capacity rises above 2TW.
  • Investments in wind and other renewable energy sources are vital to create the infrastructure of the future to build more resilient and sustainable economies, while providing countries and citizens with more affordable energy, lower carbon emissions, greater energy security, and alleviating debt burden on young people.
  • Governments should introduce clear criteria that investment schemes for public and private bodies are built upon the principle of “No Harm” for society and the environment.
  • The statement calls on governments, intergovernmental bodies, and global lending institutions to put wind energy investment at the centre of their economic recovery and growth plans by taking key actions outlined in the statement.


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CEO Voice: 5 May 2020

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share our Windaba 2020 plans, which we’ve been working on behind the scenes since early this year.  This annual flagship event is a significant income driver for SAWEA, after membership fees.  So, to safeguard our 2020 financial position, we are putting our joint efforts into ensuring that the conference will succeed and planning for various scenarios that take COVID-19 into account.READ MORE

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