Developing CommunitiesCommunity development is a core part of all EDF Renewables projects, with the developments creating numerous jobs and resulting in key socio-economic development initiatives in the communities they are situated in.
Grassroots Youth Development Programme"Energising our youth, powering our future"
Initiatives that qualify for GYD funding
Non-Profit Organisations that provide socio-economic development opportunities to young people through the implementation of education, sports, arts and culture programmes that offer:
Small black owned enterprises that operate in industries such as:
Applying for FundingIf you would like to apply for GYD funding, please refer to the instructions and application form provided on SPDA’s website: www.sofisaphillips.co.za
Key Socio-Economic Development ProjectsDepending on the performance of EDF Renewables’ operational projects, GYD spends the allocated ED and SED funds on projects chosen each year. Below is a glimpse of some of the key projects that have received funding from the GYD programme.
Masinyusane is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the upliftment and development of disadvantaged South Africans. The programme focuses on assisting selected recipients in Gqeberha and surrounding areas with education and youth development. It aims to empowered citizens from disadvantaged communities to realise their dreams, uplift their families, and to serve as role models.
EDF Renewables has funded 18 learners to study for tertiary qualifications at various higher learning institutions in South Africa. The programme creates jobs for mentors who go above and beyond their scope to ensure the wellbeing of the beneficiaries, which in turn enables confidence and leads to better academic progress.
The beneficiaries receive bursaries to pay for: tuition, books, accommodation, food, transport and a monthly stipend.
Advantage Tennis Academy
Khulasande Sports Development (“KSD”)
Khulasande Sports Development provides opportunities for learners to participate in organised, quality sports programmes, and equips its coaches and facilitators with the skills and experience to develop into professional sports leaders and administrators.
This program is implemented in seven schools. The main outcomes of the programme are:
Waves for Change
Waves for Change (W4C) provides a child friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly ‘Surf Therapy’ sessions, W4C gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healthy relationships, and ultimately make positive life choices.
Waves for Change launched a Surf Therapy programme in January 2017. The programme provides mental health support (mentoring and psychoeducation) to help at-risk youth deal with the impact of trauma at home and in their communities. During 2017, 1 manager and 3 coaches were trained and employed to engage schools and social services in PE to open Surf Therapy programmes four days per week.
To date over 215 surfing and life skills sessions were facilitated by the five coaches/trainee coaches, accommodating an average of 120 beneficiaries.
Sinethemba Children’s Care Centre
Enterprise Development Programme for Black Women Vendors
The Grassroots Youth Development enterprise development (EnD) programme’s vision is to meet the needs of future renewable energy projects by addressing current critical scarce and priority sector skills and reinvigorate in Black Woman Owned Vendors.
The EnD programme’s primary focus is advancing black women-owned vendors (BWOV) in proximity to EDF-RE windfarms, through technical and tailor-made outcomes, and will be implemented in three (3) phases.
The three phases focus on the following:
Phase 1Supports skills development in emotional, financial, and business intelligence, inclusive of:
Phase 2Supports technical skills transfer in:
Phase 3Supports the socio-economic development bursary programme's Sector Education Training Authority (SETA) learnership in energy, construction, manufacturing and engineering, services, and transportation related supply chain gaps.
During the construction of the Wesley-Ciskei Wind Farm, an SMME programme was implemented to assist approximately 50 SMME’s in the communities surrounding the project site, with the aim to upskill them in the following spheres: Health and Safety, Communication Skills, Financing and Tendering to ensure they are afforded a fair opportunity to tender in the job opportunities made available in the Wesley – Ciskei Project. The project appointed SAICA ED to facilitate this.
A UFS Household Survey was conducted in the community to assess the socio economic impact that the Wesley – Ciskei project would possibly have on the local community since it was the first renewable energy project under the REIPPP programme located in the former homeland area in South Africa. the first phase of the study developed a baseline report of the area in order to have a comparative benchmark measure for post construction. The effect was measured according to the following attributes: