Owner of the Kathu solar field, REISA is focused on empowering and strengthening the local community in and around the Gamagara area in the Northern Cape.
The aim is to empower and build capacity of targeted communities through the funding of various socio-economic development programmes that positively address local skills gaps and needs, and to empower the communities to be economically independent and take ownership of their future.
The approach is holistic and is characterised by continuous engagement, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and a focus on relevance and practicality of projects supported. All of REISA’s local economic development programmes are results and impact-driven; designed to be sustainable and make a lasting difference in communities within which the company operates.
REISA’s education development programmes include funding of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres, leadership development and school infrastructure.
REISA wants to positively impact the provision of quality childcare and education for children aged 0 – 6 years. The ECD Flagship Project aims to improve the overall functionality and resourcing of ECD centres in the Gamagara area.
REISA’s Early Childhood Development Flagship Project adopts a phased approach. Phase 1 focuses on upskilling practitioners with NQF Level 4 and 5 qualifications, Phase 2 includes a comprehensive baseline assessment of all 11 ECD centres in the area in order to implement interventions on governance, financial management, parental involvement, and food security.
This Flagship Project impacts 11 ECD centres, 58 practitioners and 783 learners.
REISA responds to the needs of the local primary and secondary schools in the Gamagara area, from building and renovations of school facilities, to funding of educator salaries and vital equipment and resources.
Since 2014 REISA has provided funding to:
The objective of the Ubuntu School Project is to facilitate a practice of peer learning, sharing of good practices and facilities between the schools.
The project is implemented as a pilot involving the five schools that participated in the Energy for Learning Workshop. Should the pilot be a success, the Project could then be implemented across all schools within Gamagara.
Learners, teachers, SGB members, parents and the principals of Dibeng Primary School, Kathu Intermediate Mine School, Maikaelelo Primary School, Gamagara High School as well as Langberg High School participated in the Baseline Assessment.
The overall objectives of the project are to:
Development of social infrastructure to improve the quality of life of residents within targeted communities. Two of the key programmes funded by REISA since 2018 are:
REISA’s Solar Street Light initiative aims to improve community safety and security, whilst taking advantage of environmentally friendly technology by opting for renewable solar energy.
Once installed the running costs are zero and maintenance is minimal.
Benefits include: Improved night-time safety and improved community cohesion.
The provision of social support services and the care for vulnerable and elderly people.
Since 2014 REISA has provided funding to:
Financing for local start up businesses and business development and mentoring.
REISA’s enterprise development programmes include funding of the Incubation Programme.
This programme supports enterprises with feasible business ideas and or plans across industries and sectors. Generally, the needs of business enterprises are for start–up capital, bridging finance, business coaching and mentoring and leadership development.
Intended outcomes are to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services including mentorship and coaching and networking connections.
Ultimately stimulating the local economic growth and to create opportunities for the economic participation of previously disadvantaged groups.
Upon completion of the programme, REISA expects the businesses to demonstrate:
Business owners to demonstrate:
2nd Floor, Fernwood House, The Oval, 1 Oakdale Road,
Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
P O Box 23101, Claremont, 7735
Tel: +27 21 670 1400 (main switchboard)
REISA Local Community Office:
Dynlog Management Development Building,
Block B, Ground Floor,
Office 1, Kameeldoring Business Zone,
Kathu, Northern Cape, 8446
Tel: +27 (0) 53 723 1146