LADYSMITH, (CAJ News) – THE Eskom Development Foundation has invested over R500 million on projects to empower mostly impoverished communities in South Africa more than 16 years after its inception.
Chris Bornman, Eskom Foundation Marketing and Project Manager, disclosed the figures, which have been disbursed as part of the power utility’s corporate social investment (CSI) responsibilities.
Speaking in Ladysmith in the KwaZulu-Natal, south east of the country, during a media tour of some CSI projects the foundation has financed in recent years, he highlighted the foundation’s focus was on social and economic development.
Among the projects the foundation has assisted in Ladysmith, a mostly rural area, include the Driefontein Information and Communications (ICT) Centre, Ingula High School as well as Sidingulwazi and Imvulo Primary Schools.The centres have received such material as computers, classrooms and pumps among other equipment.
More than 15 000 individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in the region, mostly learners have benefitted from the foundation’s initiatives.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Eskom Development Foundation, Cecil Ramonotsi, said through these programmes, the foundation was touching the lives of between 200 000 and 300 000 individuals per year.Eskom approved the establishment and registration of the Eskom Development Foundation in 1998. It was mandated to coordinate and integrate Eskom’s CSI activities.
It formally began operations on 1 January 1999.On Thursday, Eskom and Transnet will launch a joint initiative aimed at providing mobile health services to communities across South Africa. – CAJ News