Funding opens doors

2017-12-06 06:00
Cathleen Strong (27) with the vehicles that she purchased with grant funding. Photo: Supplied

Cathleen Strong (27) with the vehicles that she purchased with grant funding. Photo: Supplied

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It is all due to tenacity and an unwavering commitment to grow her business that Cathleen Strong (27) was awarded a lucrative multi-million rand contract with the support of Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (Reisa).

Having run her company, Strong’s Pest Control and Cleaning Solutions, since its establishment in the Kathu area as part of the Mostert Pest Control franchise, she managed to secure a three-year contract at Sishen Mine for the eradication of weeds and invasive species.

Reisa is one of South Africa’s largest solar PV plants situated in the Gamagara Municipality, extending over 210 hectares of land and featuring 343 200 solar modules.

Beyond its contribution to sustainable and environmentally friendly electricity generation, Reisa continues to keep its promise of bringing job creation and socio-economic development to the communities within which it operates.

Strong completed Reisa’s incubation programme that supports enterprises across industries and sectors within the Gamagara Municipal Area, including Kathu, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Siyathemba, Babatas and Mapoteng.

The programme aims to help accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial businesses, ultimately stimulating the local economic growth and creating opportunities for economic participation by previously disadvantaged groups.

Strong secured grant funding from Reisa during the first quarter of this year to purchase a company vehicle, two mobile office units and pest control equipment.

The local businesswoman is further applauded for continuously applying her persistence and hard work to grasping the opportunity to expand her business.

It was revealed in a statement by TNA communications that 22 local people have since benefitted from the contract through employment opportunities.

Reisa is reported to have further approved supplementary funding for equipment and safety gear, as well as a two-month subsidy towards operational costs to assist the business in delivering quality services to the Sishen Mine.

Strong has also acquired additional certification in General Pest Management and Termites and Wood-Destroying Organisms, thus positioning the business as a knowledge-able and skilled pest-management entity.

This, according to Reisa’s chief community operations officer, Sizile Mabaso, was in addition to the owner also investing her personal funds in the procurement of integral assets for this new contract.

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