NC so­lar plants back woman-owned busi­ness

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THE DE AAR and Droog­fontein so­lar plants have thrown their sup­port be­hind a lo­cal, woman-owned en­ter­prise.

De Aar So­lar Power and Droog­fontein So­lar Power an­nounced their sup­port yes­ter­day for Pham­bili Basie Con­tracts and Projects, a lo­cal, wom­anowned ser­vice provider which has suc­cess­fully pro­vided ser­vices to a num­ber of so­lar plants in the North­ern Cape.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing awarded a three-year ser­vice con­tract, De Aar So­lar Power and Droog­fontein So­lar Power are putting their sup­port be­hind help­ing to grow this lo­cal busi­ness. Part of this sup­port is the fund­ing of two ve­hi­cles needed for ad­di­tional trans­port by the busi­ness which has, up un­til now, been forced to split its cur­rent fleet be­tween Kim­ber­ley and De Aar.

“When Pham­bili was awarded the ser­vice con­tract, we com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing them to grow their busi­ness through a struc­tured sup­plier de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. The pro­gramme in­cludes iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the needs that will be crit­i­cal in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of their busi­ness and ex­pand­ing their market and client base,” Hlengiwe Radebe, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Droog­fontein So­lar Power and De Aar So­lar Power, said yes­ter­day.

Fund­ing of the two dou­ble-cab ve­hi­cles, val­ued at R320 000 each, forms part of the two so­lar plants’ en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment obli­ga­tions, in terms of their im­ple­men­ta­tion agree­ment with the Depart­ment of En­ergy, of which the de­vel­op­ment of small lo­cal busi­nesses is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent.

– Norma Wildenboer

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