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HIGH LEVELS OF LOCALLY MANUFACTURED CONTENT FOR WITZENBERG WIND FARM

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg Municipality, has received its main transformer, via road transportation from Pretoria, marking another important milestone in its construction process. This 500MVA mega transformer was locally manufactured in South Africa, which has added to Perdekraal East Wind Farm’s already high local content percentage, as the turbine towers are also locally manufactured.READ MORE

ECD PRACTITIONERS FORGING AHEAD WITH QUALIFICATIONS DESPITE COVID

Fifteen Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioners from rural Eastern Cape, are forging ahead with their ECD Level 4 Training Programme, with the help of innovation, so that they can successfully graduate. This is despite reports that many childhood development centres are struggling during this time and are threatened with closure as most practitioners are not receiving income during the COVID-19 lockdown.READ MORE

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm support Frontline Healthcare workers

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (TCWF), in partnership with Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm contributed towards the procurement of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution amongst the Tsitsikamma, Langkloof and Kouga Health Clusters, to help reduce COVID-19 infections in amongst healthcare personnel.

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JOURNEY TO INSPIRING YOUTH TO REACH FOR THEIR DREAMS

A community bursary recipient, Amaarah Basadien, from the Eastern Cape, set off at the beginning of the year to take on the uber-challenging task of studying for an Actuarial Science Degree, at the University of Cape Town.  Armed with a curious mind, an ability to dream and the will to work hard to achieve great things, she is half-way through her first year and coming to terms with a very different year of studying than she ever imagined.

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LOCAL YOUTH SMMES SET UP TO MANUFACTURE MASKS

Boesmanland Green Enterprise is a 100% local youth-owned business in Loeriesfontein and one of three local small businesses that are being supported to provide masks for COVID, whilst offering local employment.

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MITIGATING COVID-19 RISKS IN CONSTRUCTING WIND FARMS

As South Africa enters Level 3 lockdown, sectors across the country, including wind power construction teams, are facing more stringent health and safety regulations than ever before, due to the very real threat presented by COVID-19 to workers, businesses, and the broader community of people.READ MORE

PARTNERSHIPS TO CARE FOR COMMUNITIES AND DISTRICTS HEALTH SECTOR

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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BRIGHT FUTURE ON HOLD

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

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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