Putting rural areas on the equality map, while empowering women to create meaningful change in their communities, is just another way of giving back. And that’s exactly what Kouga Wind Farm did with its six-month Rainmakers Development Programme, which allowed both the farm and a group of resilient women to ensure that, together, they […]
Chief financial officer Wendy Parsons is one of the driving forces behind the Kouga Wind Farm Community Development Trust, which aims to empower previously disadvantaged people living within a 50km radius of the farm. Here she explains how the trust works and what it hopes to achieve. Q: Why was the trust set up and […]
The R3.8-million Sea Vista Library and IT Centre, which is currently under construction, has seen the community pull together, with a number of local players throwing their weight behind the project. Kouga Municipality provided free approval of plans and site allocation, and has waived water and electricity charges. All building materials have been locally sourced, […]
How can targeted transformation be achieved in the most needy rural areas of South Africa? The wind power industry is a case study in meaningful intervention. The Independent Power Producers’ Implementation Agreements (IAs), part of the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed as a last step in the procurement process require clearly outlined and quantified actions […]
Watch this short editorial film from Volvo Construction Equipment about how the company helped bring Kouga Wind Farm to life and how the resulting wind energy has begun empowering the local community.
Young people in the Kouga area have been working hard to develop essential life and technical skills to help them get a job and get ahead. Since June, Kouga Wind Farm has sponsored 30 candidates from Sea Vista to take part in the Siyazenzela Youth Programme presented by the Wilderness Foundation Africa. The two-week Siyazenzela […]
Kouga Wind Farm is making education a priority with the start of a schools upgrade programme. After moving into new premises at the beginning of the year, Sea Vista Primary School staff found they did not have adequate equipment or facilities to promote effective learning and teaching. The school identified a list of needs and […]
Nelson Mandela University student Ayabulela Mahamba talks about her trip of a lifetime to the Student Energy Summit in Mexico. Read more about her experience, sponsored by Kouga Wind Farm, here.
Children in the Umzamowethu community used art to commemorate the former statesman on Mandela Day and learn about the humanitarian values for which Madiba was universally acclaimed. More than a hundred children from the local community were invited to take part in an initiative by the neighbouring Kouga Wind Farm, which saw them gather for […]
Not until recently had Port Elizabeth student Ayabulela Mahamba, 21, set foot outside the Eastern Cape, but a chance trip of a lifetime to a global energy summit in Mexico has seen her rub shoulders with global influencers such as former lord mayor of London Fiona Woolf and former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Now the […]