The ABCD of SED programmes

Unlocking the full potential of local communities while optimising the use of resources through impactful financial support – whether big or small – is Kouga Wind Farm’s new guiding model for its socio-economic development (SED) programme. The brainchild of John Kretzmann and John McKnight, who researched self-organised communities and critical success factors, the Asset Based […]

The library countdown begins

The Sea Vista Community Library is one step closer to opening its doors, with the official handover of the facility to Kouga Municipality that took place in February. The municipality’s portfolio councillor for community services Danny Benson (right) accepted the key to the library on behalf of executive mayor Horatio Hendricks. He also promised to […]

Path to safety: Community Integration Walkway Project

The Kouga Wind Farm Community Development Trust is working with the St Francis Property Owners (SFPO) association to build a safer, paved walkway between Sea Vista and St Francis Bay. The Community Integration Walkway Project – which has the support of Kouga Municipality, local schools, businesses and community organisations – will break ground shortly and […]

Visitor from outer space

“Reach for the stars” was the message from American astronaut Dr Donald Thomas when he visited the Umzamowethu Community Hall on Heritage Day to share his stories about travelling in space. Around a thousand pupils, parents and teachers flocked to hear him speak about his own humble beginnings and how hard work and education made […]

Celebrating our women

A little bit of pampering, a professional photo shoot and an evening of thought-provoking entertainment was the Rainmakers’ reward after months of hard work, making a difference in their communities. Guest of honour at the September 9 event was Freshlyground star Zolani Mahola, who treated guests to a motivational talk, musical story-telling and a chance […]

Girls get a sporting chance

One of the first community projects to grow from the Rainmakers Legacy Programme is the Poison Ivy Netball Academy in the northern areas of Humansdorp. Started two years ago as a social netball club by a small group of women from Kruisfontein, the new academy aims to expand their efforts and keep vulnerable girls off […]

Bright hopes for bursary holders

The six fortunate students who are benefiting from Kouga Wind Farm’s bursary scheme are looking forward to a brighter future – and all agree that the rewards are more than financial. Through the scheme, Fiona Swartbooi became the first member of her family to go to college after she was given the chance to study […]

Sea Vista is ready to read

The long-held dream of a state-of-the-art library is coming true for the Sea Vista community. Residents will soon have access to information through the thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and computers, which are housed in the double-storey, wheelchair-friendly facility. The library is the result of a partnership between Kouga Wind Farm, whose socio-economic development programme […]

Rainmakers equipped to change communities

  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 […]