South Africa: Tom Burke solar plant key to security of supply for Limpopo Province

Published on Monday, 25 September 2017

“South Africa is a resource-rich country and we are proud to provide an increasingly integrated offering and a strong renewable energy generation base. We firmly believe that by taking advantage of renewable energies we can improve electrification in Southern Africa and incorporate current and available technologies to bridge the gap between supply and demand for energy.”

– William Price, Country Manager in South Africa

To achieve greater engagement within the communities in and around Tom Burke in Limpopo, EGP RSA has partnered with non-profit organisation, mothers2mothers (m2m) to extend support to women at four sites in the Limpopo province, successfully reaching approximately 13 785 women.

The partnership was signed in August 2015, and a two-year funding agreement was secured in terms of which EGP RSA delivers Mentor Mother services at Dzumeri Clinic, Giyani Clinic, Ramokgopa Clinic and Nkhensani Hospital – all in the Limpopo province. 

Mentor Mothers provide HIV-prevention education and support to both HIV-positive and negative pregnant women and mothers, as well as their partners and families. Mentor Mothers also offer a wide range of education, support, and referral services to keep women engaged with the health system after they give birth and ensure they stay on treatment for optimal health outcomes for themselves and their families. These services include maternal health, infant and child health, TB, nutrition support, cervical cancer screenings, and family planning.

Sustainability and community involvement is an essential element of the Enel business strategy as the company believes that being sustainable today means staying engaged and competitive now, and into the future.  

“Enel has integrated sustainable shared value into the fabric of the way it does business. We believe that profit without purpose doesn’t work, and that is why we pursue projects where we can measure the impact and start to see a real difference in the communities where we operate.”

– Lizeka Dlepu, EGP RSA Head of Sustainability

Tom Burke is supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with the South African power utility Eskom, as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender promoted by the South African Government which awarded the project to the Enel Group.