Local businesses supported

2018-02-28 06:01
A Kimberley enterprise, ACDC Express, recently received funding for a vehicle to support the company’s daily operations as part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s Enterprise Development Strategy. From the left are Puseletso Ndzilili, Mpho Makhetha, Tsholo Wesi and Sanele Dlamini.Photo: Supplied

A Kimberley enterprise, ACDC Express, recently received funding for a vehicle to support the company’s daily operations as part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s Enterprise Development Strategy. From the left are Puseletso Ndzilili, Mpho Makhetha, Tsholo Wesi and Sanele Dlamini.Photo: Supplied

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The Droogfontein Solar Power’s Enterprise Development Strategy is focused on the support of local small and medium black-owned companies.

This includes capital injection to improve its service offering and the ability to seek growth opportunities.

A recent beneficiary of this pro­gramme, ACDC Express, received funding for a vehicle to support the company’s daily operations.

“The addition of a much-needed delivery vehicle has brought down our operating costs, as we were previously making use of courier services to deliver goods to our clients,” says Tsholo Wesi, owner of ACDC Express.

This 100% black woman-owned local Kimberley business had been struggling to meet its customer obligations due to a lack of reliable transport.

This led to the potential loss of both short-term revenue and the inability to secure long-term supplier contracts.

ACDC Express is a supplier to Droogfontein Solar Power. The donation therefore forms part of its supplier development initiative.

“Without a reliable vehicle, ACDC Express Kimberley was unable to adequately service its clients or in­crease its stream of revenue, meaning that this enterprise’s future growth prospects were actually at risk,” says Hlengiwe Radebe, economic development director of Droogfontein Solar Power.

In addition to benefitting ACDC Express Kimberley, Droogfontein Solar Power has a number of enterprise development initiatives which have been implemented over the last three years.

The solar plant’s programmes aim to assist and accelerate the sustainability of local enterprises by ploughing financial resources into the local area.

These initiatives will continue for the 20-year life span of the project and will remain focused on local communities in the Kimberley, Riverton, Ritchie and Barkly West areas.

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