Socio-economic & enterprise development
We are committed to contributing to sustainable community growth through financial and non-financial community development initiatives. We do this by giving back a percentage of total revenue earned to the community; through Socio-Economic Development (SED); Enterprise Development (ED); and the establishment of a Community Trust.
During the construction phase of Perdekraal East Wind Farm, the communities of Ceres, Nduli, Bella Vista and Prince Alfred Hamlet had access to skills and training opportunities, as well as more job and business opportunities than was previously available in the area.
During the operations phase, Perdekraal East Wind Farm will spend 2.8% of its revenue on socio-economic welfare and 0.2% on local enterprise development, within the beneficiary communities, for a period of 20 years.
The residents of Ceres, Nduli, Bella Vista and Prince Alfred Hamlet, within the Witzenberg Municipality, are the beneficiaries of community initiatives carried out for the 20-year life-span of the wind farm.
Perdekraal East Wind Farm’s socio-economic development projects are focused on implementing programmes within the beneficiary communities of Ceres, Nduli, Bella Vista and Prince Alfred Hamlet, with the aim of enabling upward social mobility.
Socio-economic development projects include academic support programmes and early childhood development initiatives that help to alleviate illiteracy and increase participation in STEM subjects. Added to this, healthcare initiatives; community awareness campaigns; infrastructure development; women empowerment and youth are also addressed.
Perdekraal East Wind Farm assists and accelerates the sustainability of local enterprises owned by previously disadvantaged people, with BBB-EE Recognition Levels, women-owned vendors and QSE’s and EMEs.
Any local business or individual that would like to apply for business support in order to improve the functionality of their business should contact the Economic Development Manager for more information.
A community trust has been created and owns 2.5% of Perdekraal East Wind Farm.
The intention of the community trust is to invest in community social welfare development programmes to the benefit of the beneficiary communities.