Community Perspective on Electrification By Tlaleng Moabi Energy Indaba 15 March 2012. Presentation Outline. WOESA Background & Objectives Women Involvement in Electrification Projects Community Perspective Prior to implementation During Implementation Post Implementation.
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Community Perspective on Electrification
15 March 2012
Unfortunately, most of our constituency is companies with interest in the sector but have no technical skills
However, we have women that are involved in engineering, project management and construction in the Energy sector
Drive towards development of women in technical fields in the oil and energy sectors, e.g. professional women in the Energy Sector
Improved access to essential services such as healthcare, education and clean water
Better quality of life
Reduction of greenhouse effect
>30 years without electricity, the gratitude when one first makes contact is humbling.
Eager to assist the Contractors in terms of:
Initially, communities are willing to accommodate structures (strut poles and stay wires) in their yards, where there is open space
A lot of “houses” spring up on empty stands upon the announcement of the electrification project
Although skill transfer programmes are initiated, but due to short duration of contracts, no long-term comprehensive plan (N3 to Electrician level) can be achieved.
In some cases, potential candidates are recruited and offered job opportunities by contractors.
Due to lack of technical skills, mostly the EPWP work that most communities can offer works like trenching and laying cables.
During audits, we have found:
In terms of the impact the electricity has had on communities lives, majority are still grateful
As we prepare for Phase 2 of the Programme:
Review how effectively implement skill development in the rural communities
Support and/or develop women companies to get involved in the hardcore energy sector (manufacturing and services) –through EDI programmes
Look at Hybrid solutions, e.g. Electrification together with Solar Geyser programme
Don’t underestimate the need to educate and train people on energy efficiency