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Eskom: Medupi behind a skilled workforce that can be recruited and employed elsewhere," Crookes comments. This began with a significant investment in upgrading the Lephalale College, from where Eskom is working in conjunction with its contractors to utilise qualified welders, boiler makers and artisans. It is also looking to improve the primary and high school education in the town by bringing in qualified teachers, providing equipment and renovating facilities. The final element in the programme is Corporate Social Investment, which includes upgrading and equipping the town's clinics and hospitals, as well as repairing and upgrading the town's sewage system and potable water treatment plants. Once construction work has concluded in 2015, Eskom will not only have boosted the power generation capacity by 4,800 megawatts using the latest power generation technology; it will also have played a significant part in strengthening the local community and boosting job prospects for a considerable section of the population. - Editorial research by Sam Howard need to set up their own businesses. " We have a contractors' academy starting next month," Crookes says. " And we're also going to select individuals from 28 businesses and send them to university, to gain some tertiary education that will assist them in kick- starting their businesses." Focused procurement in Lephalale is the second element of the programme. " This is above and beyond the current national ASGISA ( Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative in South Africa) requirements we have contracted with our contractors for," says Crookes. So far, the company has placed contracts worth over R70 million directly with local businesses. In addition, the R400 million contract to feed the workforce has gone to a joint venture that is 50 per cent owned by a consortium of local businesses. Moreover, the company is expecting its contractors to procure locally where they can. Skills is another area of focus. Of the 8,000 workers currently on site, around 50 per cent come from within a 70 kilometre radius of the site. " We want to leave March 10 www. bus- ex. com 129