Social and economic commitment

SENER CSP Operations & Maintenance Training Programme

Workers at Illanga thermosolar power plantSENER was established in South Africa in 2013 with the aim of becoming one of the leading private companies in the South African energy sector. As such, the company focuses its efforts on the transfer of knowledge and skills in order to strengthen its local human capital.

Under this premise, SENER is developing a programme of theoretical and practical training in renewable energies at the Ilanga 1 solar thermal power plant. The programme will offer many locals valuable knowledge on renewable energy technology and encourage them to pursuit a professional career in this field thereby improving their career prospects.

This programme will help SENER to create links with the community and the authorities but, most importantly, it will allow SENER to establish a close relationship with the students offering them a real opportunity to develop their own specific skillset. Some of the students will also be given an opportunity to become employees.

With this training, SENER is committed to participating in the country's socio-economic development by training workers and strengthening relations with the communities where the CSP projects are located.

Kelebogile Trust

Kelebogile Trust, SENER - AccionaThe Kelebogile Trust was born under the auspices of the SENER-Acciona EPC consortium (liciastar) which is currently building the Kathu Solar Park plant. It’s purpose is to assist in the social and economic development of the communities within the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality (JTG). Some of the challenges that are experienced within the JTG include high levels of unemployment, poverty and insufficient educational opportunities. This prevents the community from truly flourishing. The Trust has identified some of the needs from the JTG communities and has, in response to these needs, put together various programmes that are aimed at ensuring that some of these needs and challenges are addressed. Kelebogile Trust is investing R29 300 000and has completed over thirteen projects with more than 19 000 beneficiaries from JTG communities.

The main goal of the Trust is to contribute towards the enhancement of the JTG population and it’s determined to participate in initiatives that will leave remarkable impact in the community and the beneficiaries focusing on education and economic development.

Kelebogile Trust projects in progress:

  • Bursary project: 31 students from John Taolo Gaetsewe District
  • SMME development:75 entrepreneurs from JTG - 25 from each of the 3 local municipalities
  • Donation of new school uniforms: 18 schools in JTG
  • Sanitary towel drive: 9.400 learners
  • Early Childhood Development training: 60 practitioners
  • Construction of grade R facilities: 3 schools in JTG
  • Construction of a student residence at Kathu TVET College
  • Artisanal training for general workers: up to 300 workers

 Completed projects include:

  • Provision of modular classrooms, ablution facilities and furniture: Sishen Intermediate School, Deben Primary School and Hotazel Combined School
  • Basic emergency ambulance assistance training: 13 students from JTG
  • Donation of a solar panel at Ba’one Intellectual Disability School: 83 students
  • 2017 JTG Schools Soccer Cup
  • 2017 JTG Youth Soccer Tournament
  • Delivery of toiletries and printing papers to Grade 12 camp students: 1.140 students
  • Award for a top performing student at Kuruman College
  • Installation of internet connection at Kathu TVET College
  • Mandela Day Project 2017: renovation of a house which burnt down in Deben
  • Mandela day project 2018: donation of a dining table with 4 chairs, and a bar fridge to an elderly woman who was turning 100 years old
  • School furniture project: Phakane High School, Maikaelelo Primary School, Mapoteng Primary School and Kudumane Primary School
  • 16 days of activism: upgrade of victim rooms at local police stations
  • Sponsorship for participation in the Kalahari Karate Winter Challenge: 22 disadvantaged youth from the Gasegonyana Local Municipality

Environmentally Committed

Environmentally Committed

SENER is committed to a low-carbon economy and support a balanced energy mixed based on renewable energies and natural gas.
In accordance to the country´s commitment to the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions by 42% in 2025, SENER works hard to play its part. Together, Bokpoort, Ilanga-1 and Kathu will save 242 000 CO2 emissions (once all operational) and provide clean energy to 230 000 households.
On the other hand, SENER puts Health & Safety at the very heart of what they do. SENER ensure compliance with the current legislation, and the corporate governance systems are in place.[+]

SENER Foundation

 SENER Foundation

Since SENER Foundation was created in 2002, it has projected an authentic commitment to the community by training talented people from several countries around the world, through grants and internships at SENER sites. This provides them the opportunity to develop professionally in a corporate environment. In 2016 the SENER Foundation supported a Masters in Mechanical Engineering student from a South African university by providing practical on the job training in Spain over a period of 6 months. This was followed by financial support and academic support with his thesis in 2017. Upon completion of the programe the student was employed by SENER.[+]

In December 2017 the SENER Foundation has also considered a number of doctoral students from a number of South African universities for its annual global doctoral award.[+]

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