30 Jul 19 News Communities South Africa

Wind farms embrace citizen spirit of Mandela Day

Soup provided by the team at Perdekraal East Wind Farm warms stomachs on a bitterly cold winter's day
Volunteers continue Nelson Mandela's 'action against poverty'
Noupoort Wind Farm is funding building repairs

Mainstream’s joint venture wind farms in South Africa have marked this year’s Mandela Day by helping out some of their neighbours most in need.

Honouring Nelson Mandela’s birthday, the annual July 18 initiative encourages people to keep the iconic President’s legacy of active citizenship alive by tackling poverty and inequality in their own communities.

And on a bitterly cold day, the team at the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, the 110 MW Lekela project currently under construction in the Western Cape, weighed in behind efforts to spread some winter warmth around the local communities of Ceres, Nduli, Bella Vista and Prince Alfred Hamlet.

Funding all the ingredients, the wind farm worked with the Ceres Night Shelter, the Nduli Sisonke Centre, the PPK church and Prince Alfred Hamlet soup kitchens and Bella Vista Rugby Club to serve up hundreds of bowls of warm soup to the young, elderly and the sick.

Jo-Anne Brown, Economic Development Manager for Perdekraal East Wind Farm, said: “It was heart-warming to see how doctors, the superintendent, the matron of the hospital and Councillor Abrahams assisted in handing out soup to outpatients, who were waiting to receive medical attention.”

“Many special people made this collaborative effort a reality, including Community Development Workers Karin Seroot, Thandeka Tshambu and Melvin Bezuidenhout, who liaised with organisations in the beneficiary communities to prepare the soup and organise the distribution points, all of whom participated gladly without remuneration.”

Meanwhile in the Northern Cape, Noupoort Wind Farm celebrated Mandela Day with a ceremony to mark the start of a local building repairs programme.

The 80 MW Lekela project, which has been powering 69,000 South African homes for the past three years, is supporting efforts to improve toilet facilities at Eurekaville Intermediary School as well as fix the roofs of five homes in the town.