Given the significant unemployment rate in the Dwaalboom region, a focal point for PPC has been to source skilled and semiskilled workers to assist on the project, aiming for about 350 locals at project peak. “The major civil works are just starting now and more than 200 persons from the Holfontein village have already been employed on the site,” states project leader Stephen Scholtz.
Another notable effort on the part of PPC is the recruitment facility for workers in Holfontein. This structure was built to serve as a means for the contractors to source skills from the community during the construction phase.
However, after the Batsweledi project is complete, the structure will serve the Holfontein community as a pension payout centre and a place to gather.
PPC has also been encouraging small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to become involved in these activities. At pre-sent, there are SMMEs operating in community services roles, including operating the recreational facility in Kopanelang, the construction campus.
Scholtz adds that another focal point from inception was to increase the black economic-empowerment (BEE) capability of the project. This was anticipated to be difficult owing to the variety of specialised, sophisticated and heavy equipment used on site. However, despite these percieved problems, “the team has met the BEE targets that were set for us at the outset of the project”, concludes Scholtz.