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At a local level where our projects are based, Lekela focuses strongly on initiatives to help create thriving, empowered communities. Here is a sample of some of those projects from one of our projects Noupoort.
Noupoort is committed to contributing to sustainable community growth through financial and non-financial community development initiatives. This is done by giving back a percentage of total revenue earned to the community; which is applied to Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Enterprise Development (ED). The project has also established a Community Trust.
Noupoort has implemented various economic development projects, which include an entrepreneurial skills development programme. The programme is intended to cater for both existing and new start-up businesses in the community, to assist existing and potential entrepreneurs to solidify their business ideas and improve their business skills to perform better.
In support of education and as part of Noupoort Wind Farm’s social-economic development programme, R30 000’s worth of books were donated in 2016 to Eureka Primary School. The books include Grade R – 7 Afrikaans curriculum books, teacher aids and activity books for the library. This was the first time that the library had received new books since the school was founded almost fifty years ago. “A school library is a fundamental resource for supporting students’ learning, a key support for teaching staff and is central to learning as well as being a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving,” said Livhuwani Nwachukwu, Economic Development Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm.
Noupoort Wind Farm supports education within the local community of Noupoort and is particularly dedicated to improving literacy levels. “School libraries make a difference to learners’ understanding, are an important part of the school community and assist in helping to improve literacy,” added Nwachukwu. Literacy is not only the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live.
Eureka Primary School was founded in 1969 and is situated in the neighbourhood of Eurekaville, where the majority of the students reside. The school has 722 learners under the leadership of its Principal, Mr M.L.H Puley and a staff of 22 teachers. “We are particularly pleased to be able to assist Eureka Primary as its principals and teachers are so dedicated and passionate about education, and do their best with the resources they have on hand,” concluded Nwachukwu.
Almost eight hundred secondary learners in Noupoort have been learning about the significance of renewable energy through a school programme initiated by Noupoort Wind Farm. The programme, entitled ‘Young Minds, Clean Energy, Brighter Futures’, aims to increase awareness about renewable energy, in particular wind energy; and to strengthen ties between the wind farm and the surrounding community.
The content of the programme is targeted at Grade 8 to 12 learners from the local high schools, namely Noupoort Combined and Enoch Methetho High School and fits into their Natural Sciences and Life Skill studies. Learners are exposed to the basics of renewable energy, how a wind turbine generates electricity and the need for renewable energy projects within South Africa, amongst other content.
The objectives of the programme include; education and awareness around wind energy; encouraging an interest in renewable energy career fields; helping learners understand the construction process and how their specific community will benefit from having a wind farm on its doorstep, both during and after construction.