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Programme a testimony to sustainable development

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This success story, emerging from a development programme aimed at fostering socio-economic growth, showcases how targeted support and funding can catalyse long-term sustainability for local enterprises within the community.

From the left; Courine Dirkse (director), Jadene Saal (employee), Amanda Hono (director), Monique Arendse (managing director) and Caroline Mogopedi (intern). Picture: Supplied

The Namaqua Data Collectors and Processors SMME continues to stand as a testimony to sustainable development in Springbok, having grown from an initiative that benefited five local women into a thriving and sustainable business over a period of two years.

This success story, emerging from a development programme aimed at fostering socio-economic growth, showcases how targeted support and funding can catalyse long-term sustainability for local enterprises within the community.

The Namaqua Data Collectors and Processors was established following a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Training Programme in 2022.

It comprised a team of three founding members and two employees.

Through site visits and beneficiary interviews, the team evaluates the impact, identifies challenges and provides recommendations for ongoing improvement across all Kangnas Wind Farm projects.

In addition, the company submits comprehensive M&E Reports to the Wind Farm, which uses them for internal reporting and ensures proper funding allocation, including ABCD funding.

Funded by the Kangnas Wind Farm in collaboration with the African Foundation for Sustainable Development, the M&E programme was designed to facilitate meaningful socio-economic change by enhancing the capabilities of local women.

This programme forms part of the wind farm’s broader strategy to support sustainable development and entrepreneurship within the Springbok community.

Monique Arendse shared her testimony of the programme.

“When I first enrolled in the M&E Programme, I was without a job and uncertain about my future. This experience paved the way for me to become a Managing Director,” said Arendse.

“Through this programme, I discovered my true potential, experiencing personal and professional growth while broadening my expertise.

“My passion for community work was reignited, and witnessing the impact of initiatives like the wind farm’s ABCD Funding scheme on our communities has been the highlight of my journey.”

Rouchet Daniels, Economic Development Manager for the Kangnas Wind Farm said they are deeply committed to fostering local talent and empowering communities.

“Our enterprise development goals include developing enterprises to effectively operate as suppliers, to support sustainable employment creation programmes as well as mentor and develop small businesses,” explained Daniels.

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