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YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR ECD PRACTITIONERS GATHER TO LEARN THROUGH FUN

Kouga, Easter Cape, May 2022

With a spotlight on developing language at a young age, a cohort of excited young children and their respective Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioners, gathered over two days to kick-off a high-impact programme aimed at stimulating language development through creativity.  READ MORE

WEST COAST SMMES RECEIVE SUPPORT

Fifteen SMMEs in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area are celebrating the recent successful completion of a two-phase business accelerator programme. Having completed the first phase in 2020, this cohort of SMMEs were selected to receive further support to help them expand their business markets and grow their small businesses. This was provided through a range of activities that promote sustainability, even during harsh economic climates, such as the ongoing health pandemic.

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AGREEMENT PRIORITISES BIODIVERSITY THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROTECTED ZONE

Springbok, April 2022

An ecological agreement between the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development & Land Reform and Kangnas Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has been designed to compensate for any biodiversity impact and prioritise conservation.  This long term agreement improves viability of biodiversity and its associated habitats, by creating an expansive protected area, which far exceeds the wind farm’s footprint, and delivers a broad range of benefits.READ MORE

LOCAL SCHOOL BENEFITS FROM A NEWLY BUILT ADMIN OFFICE

Matjiesrivier NGK Primary School is celebrating the expansion of its infrastructure and classroom facilities. This small Karoo school recently received a newly built admin office, funded by Perdekraal East Wind farm, which is enabling the school to conduct administrative tasks and safely store records. Furthermore, the old admin room will be converted into a library and computer lab classroom for the learners to help bridge the digital learning gap.

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KIPETO BIODIVERSITY PROGRAMME MAKES GOOD PROGRESS

Kajiado County, Kenya

Kipeto Wind energy project, (Kipeto), is the first wind farm in Kenya attempting to offset potential impacts on birds through a unique biodiversity action plan. The plan includes both industry-leading on-site mitigation measures, including observer-led shut-down-on-demand (SDOD) of turbines; and off-site raptor conservation programmes implemented through conservation partners, focussed primarily on anti-poisoning community awareness-raising and interventions to decrease human-wildlife conflict.

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LOERIESFONTEIN HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Following discussions with the provincial and district Department of Education and the School Governing Body, Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farms funded the refurbishment of key aspects of the Loeriesfontein High School infrastructure. This project not only made the school a safer and more conducive place to learn but it also provided jobs for local community members.

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BIODIVERSITY PROGRAMME DELIVERS LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR COMMUNITY

An ecological and biodiversity programme, which aims to protect an extensive tract of land that extends to the greater Goegap Nature Reserve (GNR), near Springbok, has been established.  This programme is also contributing to the upliftment of the local community through entrepreneurial development, employment, skills and capacity building, along with economic development initiatives. READ MORE

LOCAL YOUTH BENEFIT FROM TRAINING PROGRAMME

April 2022

Levandre Loots, based in the rural Eastern Cape community of Cookhouse, is one of the eight young graduates who have benefitted from a Wind Turbine Service Training programme, as part of a youth development technical training initiative. During the seven-month long course, the youth were trained under the stewardship of the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), through the Cookhouse Wind Farm funded programme, aimed at upskilling youth.

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BURSARY RECIPIENT WITH A PASSION FOR HER COMMUNITY

April 2022

Bursary recipient, Chrismarelle De Hart (40), is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase, which she hopes to complete in 2025. Her dedication to her studies extends beyond her goal to improve her own life, but to helping others in her community of Humansdorp as well.

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BUILDING TECHNICAL SKILLS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S WIND POWER SECTOR

April 2022, Eastern Cape

The Wind Turbine Service Training programme, an initiative of EIMS Africa’s Portfolio Company, Cookhouse Wind Farm, and Suzlon, its Operations and Maintenance Contractor, is helping to build technical skills for South Africa’s wind power sector.  This skills based capacity building programme demonstrates both sector leadership as well as the value of collaboration.  Furthermore, the programme addresses localised youth unemployment.

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