As part of a Creating Shared Value initiative, we assisted underserved communities in close proximity to the wind farm. One initiative involved the supply of 15 interactive smartboards and 15 laptops to the Acacia Primary School in Laingsburg, in an educational support programme.
During the nationwide lockdown, which began in March 2020, we donated food relief parcels to approximately 200 families in vulnerable communities, in collaboration with the Laingsburg Local Municipality.
We are currently looking to empower local SMMEs through the Enterprise Development Support programme. This could take the form of funding, income-generating assets (equipment), skills development and market linkages, among others.
Other socio-economic development projects focusing on education, healthcare, social welfare and skills development will be implemented, now that the project is operational.
Furthermore, community needs assessments will be conducted in order to identify the most pressing needs and pinpoint any skills gaps within the beneficiary communities. The overall investment in these initiatives is estimated to be €800,000 per annum.