Enel Green Power (EGP) and B-BBEE partner, Pele Green Energy through its subsidiary Nojoli Wind Farm have handed over a new sports facility at Sipho Camagu Senior Secondary School in Lingelethu, Adelaide.
Through this partnership which aims to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and working alongside the communities where it operates, Nojoli Wind Farm has addressed the problem of sports facilities in the Adelaide area, as well as the water crisis that the community is facing.
The sports facility, which incorporates sustainable design elements, will serve the youth in the community, providing a space for physical exercise and social interaction.
The Raymond Mhlaba Municipal Mayor, Mr Bandile Keleto was in attendance at a handover ceremony on Monday, 2 March, where the sports facility was given the green light to start serving the community.
EGP, which produced a record of 3,029 MW of renewable energy around the globe in 2019, has power plants in South Africa which incorporate more than 520 MW in wind and solar plants in operation in the country.
EGP is committed to unlocking renewable energy sources while working to provide sustainable value in the communities where it operates.
The Raymond Mhlaba municipality, where Nojoli Wind Farm operates, is characterised by the high unemployment rate, lack of resources necessary for basic survival or necessary to meet a certain minimum level of living standards, lack of recreational facilities and water crisis.
EGP Southern Africa, Head of Sustainability, Lizeka Dlepu, said that along with unlocking sustainable, renewable energy in the region, Nojoli Wind Farm wanted to find a way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of the youth of Adelaide.
“We upgraded the existing school sports field by installing an Astroturf football facility that captures and stores rain water.
The facility will also be used by neighboring schools and the public.
The potential for sports participation to promote positive social behaviours, empathy, social connectedness, build social capital and positive peer relationships cannot be under-estimated” says Dlepu.
“Coping effectively with emotions and stress are important components for enhancing one’s capacity for health and well-being.
“It is our wish that as the girls and boys, and wider community, make use of this facility, that they derive both enjoyment and positive outlet that will enable them to be successful in their lives,” says Dlepu.
“This initiative has also been rolled out to the surrounding communities of Pulida Solar in Free State and Paleisheuwel Solar in the Western Cape and will soon be rolled out in Tom Burke, Limpopo” concludes Dlepu.