11 April 2024

Caption: Concor recently celebrated a significant milestone on its projects at the Koruson 1 Cluster in the Northern Cape – the graduation of 22 concrete hands.

As a company deeply invested in the growth and development of previously disadvantaged communities, Concor recently celebrated a significant milestone on its projects at the Koruson 1 Cluster in the Northern Cape. This comes as part of the company’s unwavering commitment to not just building infrastructure but also building futures through extensive skills development programmes.

The focal point of this commitment was the recent graduation ceremony held in Noupoort, Northern Cape, on 9 March 2024, to celebrate the achievements of people from the local community that had completed their training as concrete and shutter hands.

The Koruson 1 Cluster is an ambitious renewable energy project, encompassing the San Kraal Wind Farm, Phezukomoya Wind Farm and Main Transmission Substation (MTS), all strategically located close to Noupoort. These projects are not just about harnessing renewable energy but also about energising the local community through employment and training opportunities.

When Concor first started on this project, the company identified a glaring gap in the local workforce—a critical shortage of skilled labourers. To bridge this gap, the company employed local people from the sending area as general labourers, who, while assisting with the casting of foundations for the wind turbines, received hands-on training to become skilled concrete and shutter hands.

The graduation ceremony was not just a formality but a celebration of hard-earned success and the promising future of the graduates. A total of 55 graduates, comprising 22 concrete hands and 33 shutter hands, were acknowledged for their competence and dedication and a highlight of the day was celebrating a woman concrete hand who successfully completed her training at MTS.

The event was attended by over 100 guests, including Noupoort’s Mayor, Mr Mzwandile Toto. In his address, Mayor Toto extended his heartfelt congratulations to the graduates and expressed his gratitude to Concor for its significant contribution to the community.

This initiative by Concor is a shining example of how companies can play a pivotal role in uplifting communities by not just offering employment but by investing in the skills development of the workforce. By doing so, Concor is not only contributing to the local economy but also empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to secure a better future. The success of the graduates from the Koruson 1 Cluster project is a testament to the potential of such initiatives to transform lives and communities.

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