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Legacy Programme - Socio-economic development

Eskom made a donation towards the town's electricity, sewerage and police facilities. A donation of R10 million was made towards the upgrading of the electricity infrastructure through the supply and installation of the 10 MVA transformers to deal with the short-term capacity constraint in the town.

It also donated R31 million in an investment to upgrade the Paarl sewerage treatment plant. They have, moreover, ensured the reinstatement of the sprinkler system at the Marapong oxidation ponds (Marapong Sewerage Plant). Other donations include that of two mobile homes and the refurbishment of the existing mobile homes for the local SAPS (pre-fabricated valued at R1 million).

Eskom's social responsibility in the area is also focused on healthcare. Recently Eskom donated three (3) wellness clinics and medical equipment to the value of R3.8 million to seven (7) clinics in Ga-Seleka, Fox Odendaal, Marapong, Shongoane, Abbortspoort and Steenbokpan, as well as to the Onverwacht clinics. Eskom also donated wheelchairs and HIV/AIDS care kits to the Marapong HIV/AIDS Care Group

Eskom invested R11.5 million for the upgrading of the initial 2.2 kilometres of the D1675 road leading to the project site. This investment confirms the commitment that Eskom has in ensuring the safety of its employees and contractors, as well as the community at large.

Further donations of six (6) mobile classrooms and the payment of six (6) teachers' salaries in local schools for a period of 24 months. Ten (10) desktop computers were donated to the local high schools.

Since the beginning of the Medupi Project in August 2007, the project has invested a total value of R2.3 billion rand in the infrastructure investment within Lephalale. To date, Eskom built 995 houses and bought 321 in the Lephalale area.

Eskom has the schools outreach programme, whereby at least 1500 learners had an opportunity to visit the project. During their visit, these learners had an opportunity to listen to career talks and join site tours offered by the various professionals in the project environment. An additional 650 matriculants from various districts of the province visited the project during the National Science Week.

Eskom has also put in place a Medupi Information Centre in Lephalale and this facility is also serviced by staff, including five (5) information officers from the various traditional areas. Satellite information offices are established at three traditional councils and two civic structures areas. This centre serves as a first point of contact that disseminates project information to various stakeholders including, but not limited to, suppliers, local media and the public in general. There are further initiatives planned to continue Eskom's social investment in the community for the duration of the project.

Eskom together with Exxaro will spend more than R150-million in upgrading and repairing Nelson Mandela Road as well as tarring the Kuipersbult Road. This road project was initiated by Exxaro and Eskom to alleviate the traffic congestion in the area. This initiative will support the traffic flow and will leave a legacy beyond the project.

Hitachi, one of the principal contractors, built a brand new pre-school for Segwati Creche in Shongoane to the value of R1.2-million. The creche was opened officially on the 25 January 2012.

 Grinaker LTA, one of the contractors on site, donated R4 000 worth of tables, chairs and crayons to three creches - Harold Mokenogi Creche in Abbortspoort, Motlatjo Creche in Shongoane and Kentshitswe Creche in Seleka.

A total of 1350 blankets and 252 mattresses to the value of R172,000.00 were donated by Eskom to 59 creches in Lephalale during June and July 2012.

Eskom is also supporting the municipal structure to ensure effective operations of the Lephalale Development Forum which is mandated to ensure coordinated development by the major role players in Lephalale.

Sometime in April 2013, the project will be handing over six new mobile homes valued at over R2.5 million (excl VAT) which will be donated to the SAPS in order to accommodate additional policing members deployed to Lephalale to fight increased crime.

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