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Earth Day celebrated with community schools

The link between renewable power and environmental conservation inspired project representatives to visit Sindekile Primary and Yakhisizwe Secondary schools in the Tumahole community on Earth Day.

Earth Day 2024 saw the developers of a new photovoltaic (PV) project in the Free State become acquainted with young people at two schools in the project area.

The 97.5MW Damlaagte project, under construction near Parys, will provide approximately 300 million kWh of clean electricity. The EPC contractor is Power China Maanda joint venture, with LeadEPC and Tractionel Holdings as the main subcontractors.

The link between renewable power and environmental conservation inspired project representatives to visit Sindekile Primary and Yakhisizwe Secondary schools in the Tumahole community on Earth Day.At Sindekile Primary, all the learners received juices, and those who worked in the school’s food garden got snack packs.

The link between renewable power and environmental conservation was the inspiration for project representatives to visit Yakhisizwe Secondary school on Earth Day.
The team with learners of Sindekile Primary School.

The project also donated seedlings to a nearby community food garden.
At Yakhisizwe, it delivered food packs for the school feeding scheme.
In addition to short talks on Earth Day’s significance, the Damlaagte HSE manager gave a safety talk.

On 15 May, senior project officials adjudicated an art competition and evaluated the learners’ take on this year’s Earth Day theme, Planet vs Plastic.
“This initiative will help learners to become critical and independent thinkers and problem solvers,” commented M.G. Raboroko, principal of Sindekile Primary School. Principal M.D. Fongoqa of Yakhisizwe added that the school was inspired to be part of a partnership that gives it more purpose and meaning.

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