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Solar plant supports young business people

Supporting the youth are Keaoleboga Lerumo and her employees Sonny-Boy Rapodile, Mazwi Hlwile and Boitshepo Pharatlhatlhe.Picture: Supplied

AS PART of Youth Month, Droogfontein Solar Power has been funding a now blossoming youth-owned uniform manufacturing enterprise that produces school uniforms for local schools in the Northern Cape Province.

Ottie & Angie Holdings is among several SMMEs that have been receiving funding and business support from the power plant as part of an Economic Development collaboration programme.

The programme focuses on supporting youth start-ups and help these young business people to become more sustainable so that they can thrive and employ more young people.

Owned by Keaoleboga Lerumo, Othie and Angie Holdings has already been able to increase its production run and is hoping to supply more schools with uniforms.

Lerumo expressed appreciation for the support which has enabled him to sustain his business.

“My business is already picking up, thanks to the equipment that I received from Droogfontein Solar Power and I can now imagine a sustainable business that can expand and employ more young people,” Lerumo added.

The programme is being funded by Droogfontein Solar Power and is supported by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).