Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP), in partnership with the Department of Social Development and Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Limpopo Province, has donated materials and equipment to 39 early childhood development centres in the Mogalakwena Local Municipality. This corporate social investment (CSI) initiative is valued at R2 562 million.
This initiative was implemented by the Medupi Borutho Section B 400kV Transmission Line Project, which is now complete. The total length of the line is 90 km, the Medupi Borutho Transmission Line is a World Bank funded project which forms part of the Medupi Integration Projects. The Medupi Borutho Section B Line passes through several villages which all fall within the Mogalakwena Local Municipality.
In his address, Mr Hilton Rampeli from Eskom said: “Early childhood development is one of the most cost-efficient investments in human capital which leads to a country’s sustainable development. We believe that this investment will help to develop local communities to improve their quality of life as well as developing future leaders of our country”.
The Medupi Borutho Transmission Line project created 107 jobs during the construction period and 39 learners were trained as part of skills development and transfer programmes of the project.
Mr Cecil Ramonotsi from the Eskom Development Foundation said: “Eskom aims to add real value to the lives of South Africans, by driving sustainable growth and development. The Eskom Development Foundation will continue contributing towards improving the lives of the communities in which Eskom operates.
Delivering the keynote address, the MEC of the Department of Social Development in Limpopo, Mme Nkakareng Rakgoale said: “On behalf of the Provincial Government and also the parents of the hundreds of children who are receiving education from the 39 early childhood development centers, I want to take this opportunity and express my appreciation to the power utility.
“The learning materials and equipment will go a long way in capacitating the young minds of the recipients who are being taken care of in our centers. The support will have a huge impact in ensuring that there is quality education at these centers that are in this remote part of the Waterberg District Municipality. We always say that ‘your child is my child’ and that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
“I want to reiterate the words of the former President Tata Nelson Mandela, who once said: ‘there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul, than the way in which it treats its children’.
“Eskom has truly heeded our call for support from all walks of society, to ensure that we support our children in the development phase, as we prepare them to become responsible, patriotic and progressive citizens. An investment in a child is a lifelong investment with positive and lasting returns”.