Education in Loeriesfontein and Khobab, South AfricaWednesday 5th June 2019
Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms have helped to directly fund a number of schemes to provide opportunities for local children and make sure they have access to suitable places for studying and recreation.
In November 2018, the Isibindi Safe Park was opened. The project was funded by the windfarms to provide a safe and caring environment for at risk and vulnerable children and youths between the ages of 3 and 18. The park is expected to benefit over 2000 community members each year.
The park has an office, homework area and a kitchen, which serves lunch for the children. Trained Child and Youth Care Workers offer outdoor activities and help the children with homework, as well as providing care and support to the young people and their families.
Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms also help to provide funds for renovations and teachers at the local schools. Last year, the wind farms extended their school funding programme in an effort to further support and improve STEM education. A new teacher was sponsored at the local high school in August 2018, adding to the Mathematics and Science teacher that had already been sponsored at Loeriesfontein Primary School.
Loeriesfontein and Khobab are neighbouring wind farms, which comprise a total of 122 wind turbines. They commenced commercial operations in December 2017. With a generation capacity of 140MW each, they combine to make up the largest single expanse of wind turbines in the country.
Collectively, Loeriesfontein and Khobab add over a million-megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy each year to the country’s national grid. This is enough to power around 240,000 South African households.
Community Trusts have been established for each project, providing the local communities with shareholdings in their corresponding wind farm. These trusts not only help to provide opportunities for children, but also in enterprise and supporting local livestock farmers.