!Khi Solar One

Once completed, this concentrated solar tower power station will be one of the largest in the world. One of the benefits of this project relative to most other renewable energy projects is its ability to store energy and to deliver electricity to the grid during peak times.

Investing in communities

Future plans

Strengthen the partnership approach

In the next year, we plan to strengthen and cement our partnerships with government departments. We formalised the partnership with the DBE through the signing of a MOU in March 2013 and we hope to do the same with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) for the FET Colleges support. We will also continue partnering with the non-governmental organisations that have a proven track record in the implementation of community projects and share similar values. These partnerships are critical in managing social expectations, sharing the risks and in allowing for a seamless exit at the end of the IDC participation in the initiative.

Proactive identification of projects

In order to have a higher CSI impact, we will, going forward, be proactive in our approach by seeking projects that need funding. These projects must address the developmental needs of the country.

Collaboration with SBUs and regional offices

We identify community projects for funding that are situated around IDC funded projects. We will pilot this by identifying three projects within the Forestry and Wood Products, Agro-Industries and Tourism SBUs.

Projects in rural and underdeveloped areas
Name of project   Project description   Province  
Hegebe trust  
  • Promotion of local economic and cultural development for the Hegebe traditional community. Activities include agriculture, education, enterprise development, sport and general skills development
Eastern Cape  
Pitseng Trust  
  • Beading and sewing project for a community project in Rabie Ridge
Nomveliso Food Security  
  • Food security project located in Mxumbu, Middledrift. The IDC funding is for the expansion of the project in order to allow the project to enhance its ability to cater for a growing market
Eastern Cape  
Food and Trees for Africa (Blue Disa Project) 
  • Implementation of sustainable organic farm for the Blue Disa, a secondary co-operative in Lawley, South of Johannesburg
INK Gardening project  
  • Food security for three communities of Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa-Mashu
  • To develop an entrepreneurial career for the youth to address the sustainability of ICT in schools
Western Cape  
The Job Shop  
  • Artisan skills development training and job placement
Open Africa  
  • Entrepreneurship training for tourism micro enterprises
Northern Cape  
  • Flower micro enterprise development for young women
Food and Trees for Africa (Phuthaditjhaba Project) 
  • Food security project involving five community gardens
Free State  
Sakokhuhle Co-operative  
  • Arts and Crafts income generating project in Maphumulo
Hantam Trust  
  • Hospitality training mainly for children of farm workers in Hantam who are not academically inclined. After 12 months' training all the trainees are placed with a hospital facility and receive on the job mentoring for a year
Northern Cape  

Coega Dairy Holdings

The IDC has identified increased competition in the dairy value chain and import substitution in the cheese industry as key sector development goals. We also singled out the need for increased farmer (and specifically B-BBEE) participation in dairy value-adding initiatives.

Windtown Lagoon Resort 

The newly built Windtown Lagoon Resort and Spa reflects the IDC’s focus to funding community-based projects that have potential to create employment opportunities in far-flung regions.

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