LEPHALALE — The official handing over of office and sound equipment to the Evergreen Art Centre and the Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum by Medupi Eskom was held at the Medupi Information Centre in Lephalale on Friday 21 October.
This event was part of the Medupi Legacy Programme that was formed during the early phase of construction, to ensure that the immediate socio-economic concerns of the local community are addressed.
Koena Masoma, the acting Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Project Coordinator, said: “Today we focus on the youth, we want to give something to the youth of the community”.
Cllr Johannes Matlokwa, on behalf of the Mayor of Lephalale Municipality, Cllr Jack Maeko, said that he is very pleased to see that Medupi came up with initiatives and asked that the structure base in rural villages also gets looked at. “We will take Lephalale forward with respective responsibilities. What is given to you, let it not be used against the givers. This is not a political event – let it be a tool to stimulate and empower, not a tool to fight individual benefit. Intentions should be driven by the interest of the municipality based on community needs” he said.
Ms Gcobisa Nyaphisi, human resource manager, delivered the keynote address on behalf of Phillip Dukashe, Medupi Project Director. She shared with the guests that the Medupi Project has invested over R2.3 billion in infrastructure development, skills and entrepreneurship development and corporate social investment within Lephalale since the beginning of the project in August 2007.
She continued that Eskom invested over R500 000 to purchase office and sound equipment for the local youth who are part of Evergreen Arts Centre and Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum. “This investment is our contribution to youth development and we hope it will not only benefit the youth but that it will also add value to the community at large.” She quoted Nelson Mandela who once said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Bafedile Masasa, the chairperson of the Evergreen Arts Centre, thanked Eskom for the huge donation and he promised that they will “give back” to the community. “It couldn’t have come at a better time” he said.
“To my team – lets pass on the message – this is not for us, this is for the rest of the community” he concluded.
Andries Mocheko, chairperson of the Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum, thanked Eskom Medupi and said they walk hand in hand with them and the municipality. “The Waterberg area is declared as priority area, a hotspot and we also work through Evergreen to send the message about protecting the environment through art forms. The area has a lot of challenges, but the stakeholders are working hand-in-hand” he ended.