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  • Small enterprise incubation in the Northern Cape
    20 Mar, 2017

    Owners of the small black-owned businesses that have been contracted to do the cleaning, vegetation management, and other maintenance-type work at the solar power plant outside Groblershoop in the Northern Cape, are graduating from a year-long incubation programme that aims to transform them into viable operations that serve a wider customer base.

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  • Get them while they’re young: aspirational jobs for Northern Cape
    20 Mar, 2017

    Eskom’s delays in signing the final contracts with the private companies that are scheduled to build a series of solar power plants in the Northern Cape, are throttling back development work that aims to nurture a generation of engineers and technicians and skilled professionals.

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  • Filling the math-science gap in the Northern Cape
    14 Mar, 2017

    Eskom’s delays in signing the final contracts with the private companies that are scheduled to build a series of solar power plants in the Northern Cape, are throttling back development work that aims to nurture a generation of engineers and technicians and skilled professionals here. In these educational ‘backwaters’, schools are underfunded, literacy is low, and the dropout rates bleak. Intervention needs to start at kindergarten-level.

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  • Doctor on call: Renewable energy revenues support healthcare in under-serviced rural areas
    14 Mar, 2017

    The new Bokpoort solar power plant, outside Groblershoop in the Northern Cape, has just teamed up with the civil society HIV-education organisation, LoveLife, to bring a full-time public doctor to town.

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