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NC solar plants back woman-owned business

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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

File picture: Regis Duvignau

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, woman-owned 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