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The art of millinery is experiencing a revival, from traditional headgear to the most flamboyant handmade artisanal hats, this age old craft is thriving.   One such workshop is owned by Ntombi Mosoane in the small town of Noupoort, where she has realised her dream of designing beautiful hats. In a time that artisanship’s are being
Poultry and egg farming get a boost… To read our full newsletter click on the English or Afrikaans link below Noupoort_Wind_Farm_Newsletter_April 2018_English Noupoort_Wind_Farm_Newsletter_Apr2018_AFR  
Fikile Maliti and Aphelele Ndesi, two local farmers in Noupoort, are taking the lessons learnt during an Enterprise Development Programme, to grow their poultry and egg laying business. These two community entrepreneurs graduated from an Enterprise Development Programme that was funded by Noupoort Wind Farm last year and are already reaping the benefits.  The programme
31 October 2017 Noupoort Wind Farm recently hosted a three-day sporting weekend event, bringing together the town’s community. Over R36 000’s worth of prizes, across the various sporting disciplines, was handed over during the course of the weekend. The aim of this community event has been to promote an interest in sports amongst youth and
Community leaders gathered together with members of the Noupoort community, families and over 200 crèche children to celebrate the launch of the recently upgraded Zingisani Creche, in Noupoort. Along with the centre’s Principal and staff, the hundreds of community children who are taken care of at this early childhood development centre, expressed their delight and
Unemployed young people from different youth groups and sports clubs in Noupoort recently participated in an Inclusive Neighbourhood Spaces Programme, aimed at creating cohesion to bring about local community change.  The focus was to identify what socio-economic problems exist in the Noupoort, transform the mind-set and value system of the participants and equip volunteers resulting
In celebration of Mandela Day, 18th July 2017, Noupoort Wind Farm pledged their time and funds to the elderly in their community as well as helping to improve the local school. “The elderly are often forgotten in our communities which is why, this year, we have focused on making a difference to hundreds of senior
Learners at Enoch Mthetho High School in Noupoort are enjoying the benefits of a newly upgraded state-of-the-art Maths and Science laboratory that is supported by solar powered Wi-Fi infrastructure. With the support and guidance of Noupoort Wind Farm and the Department of Basic Education, this school is now able to offer Physical Science as a
More than fifty local Noupoort entrepreneurs have graduated from a business incubation capacity building programme that is aimed at driving sustainable local enterprises. The Noupoort Windfarm Enterprise Development Programme, which was implemented over a 6-month period, celebrated with 53 entrepreneurs who recently graduated from the programme, 25 start-ups and 28 existing businesses. The programme assisted
The Noupoort Community Trust, a 5% shareholder in Noupoort Wind Farm, recently held its first annual general meeting.  All Noupoort residents were invited to participate in the AGM and it was well attended. “We were pleased to welcome Noupoort community members to the first annual general meeting as it gave us a chance to share
Noupoort, 13 September 2016: The Northern Cape’s landscape has been forever changed as this region continues to lead the country as the number one renewable energy province. Noupoort Wind Farm has been officially declared operational by Mr Mzwandile Toto, District Mayor of Umsobumvo Municipality, in a proud moment for the town of Noupoort, historically known
Noupoort Community Newsletter : Construction and Operations To read our full newsletter click on the link below: Noupoort_Wind_Farm_Newsletter_April 2016  
Noupoort Wind Farm has achieved its Commercial Operations Date (COD) on schedule and on budget, making it the first wind farm to successfully achieve operation as part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). All 35 turbines of this ZAR1.9billion, 80MW wind farm, have been commissioned and connected
Noupoort Wind Farm is working with the Chumani Crèche to help improve the quality of children’s education and care. In addition to providing educational equipment new mattresses have been purchased for the school. “We have provided 50 new mattresses, which were urgently needed at the crèche as the toddlers were previously taking their afternoon naps
In support of education and as part of Noupoort Wind Farm’s social development programme, R30 000’s worth of books have been donated to Eureka Primary School. The books include Grade R – 7 Afrikaans curriculum books, teacher aids and activity books for the library. This is the first time that the library has received new
Noupoort Wind Farm has donated playground equipment to Zingisani Crèche. The crèche, which cares for 200 local children, received the new jungle gym recently. “We are pleased to be able to help by creating a safe and stimulating environment for the children of this community; playground equipment is an especially important part of the children’s
All 35 Noupoort Wind Farm’s turbines are now installed and the project is swiftly moving along to its Commercial Operations Date in July this year; this follows closely on the announcement that the Project is connected to the Eskom grid and commissioning of wind turbines has commenced. “We have reached a couple of major construction
Noupoort Wind Farm has announced that it has successfully completed the transportation of all its turbine components.  The final load from the Port of Ngqura left to site on 4 March and the last tower sections arrived from Atlantis on 24 March 2016, marking the conclusion of the 315 abnormal loads. The Project began transportation
Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has announced that the wind farm is now connected to the Eskom grid and commissioning of wind turbines has commenced. “We energised the substation on 12 February and the first turbines on 23 February, marking a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm as we begin
Residents of Noupoort, Graaff-Reinet and the surrounding areas will once again be seeing wind turbine component sections en route to Noupoort Wind Farm.  Another 165 loads will be making their way to the wind farm between 12 January and the end of March 2016.  More than 150 of the 315 abnormal loads were successfully transported
Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has announced that it has completed the erection of the first of its thirty-five wind turbines.  This is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the energisation of the substation. The wind turbines, which are 100m tall to
Noupoort Wind Farm has announced the completion of all 35 of its wind turbine foundations.  The final foundation was completed on 20 November, ahead of schedule.  “We can thank the 230 employees, who worked diligently to complete these foundations,” said Martina Flanagan, Project Manager of Noupoort Wind Farm. The majority of the labour is employed
Residents of Noupoort, Graaff-Reinet and the surrounding areas have grown accustomed to seeing wind turbine component sections en route to Noupoort Wind Farm.  More than 100 of the 315 abnormal loads have already successfully made their way to the wind farm with 160 loads expected before the end of the year, when transportation will be
Noupoort Wind Farm commenced with the transportation of the various turbine components on 19 October, with the first wind turbine tower sections departing from Atlantis, Cape Town and wind turbine blades leaving from the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, both en route to Noupoort in the Northern Cape. The locally manufactured turbine tower sections,
Almost eight hundred secondary learners in Noupoort have been learning about the significance of renewable energy through a school programme initiated by Noupoort Wind Farm.  The programme, entitled ‘Young Minds, Clean Energy, Brighter Futures’, aims to increase awareness about renewable energy, in particular wind energy; and to strengthen ties between the wind farm and the
We are pleased to introduce ourselves to you and to give you some information about the Noupoort Wind Farm, so that you are kept informed of what is happening and how you can get involved. Click on the link to read more: Noupoort_Wind_Farm_Newsletter_June2015_  
Noupoort Wind Farm, situated in the Umsobomvu Local Municipality, in the Northern Cape, has announced the completion of its first 14 foundations. Employing over 200 local workers, the wind farm finished its first foundation on 19 May, with all 35 foundations due for completion in just a few months from now. “Already many people are
On the 9th July 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the Noupoort Wind Farm was attended by representatives from the community of the surrounding Umsobomvu Local Municipality, including ward counsellors and the mayor. This Northern Cape project is one of the first to start construction as part of the third round of the
The Noupoort Wind Farm participated in this year’s Cell C take a girl child to work initiative. Eight school girls, four from the Noupoort Combined School, and another four from Enoch Mthetho High School were invited to the Noupoort Wind Farm. At the site office, female employees, mainly site engineers and Health and Safety officers
Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has conducted preliminary analysis of South Africa’s wind and solar resources to understand the impact of introducing larger quantities of renewable energy to the electricity system. The initial results reveal two significant findings; firstly, electricity generated from wind and solar resources closely follows the nation’s electricity demand
Lekela Power, a 60:40 joint venture between Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power, launched in February of this year already has 860 megawatts of wind and solar projects under construction or due to commence construction next year across South Africa, Egypt and Ghana. Lekela Power is one of the biggest international platforms focused on renewable energy
Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power today announces the successful completion of financial close for three wind farms in South Africa with a combined capacity of 360 megawatts. In October 2013 a consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the three wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa