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Socio-economic Development

South Africa


2020 - Current


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The Project Management Office (PMO) was established in partnership with H1 Holdings, a 100% black-owned clean energy company based in South Africa with support from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The PMO is a strategic vehicle that drives sector collaboration and project implementation with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Together we have identified high impact socio-economic development projects for IPPs in South Africa. 


The PMO serves to decrease duplication of SED efforts and prioritises co-funding to scale projects,. We aim to bring in cross industry expertise, align with government priorities and, coordinate stakeholder involvement and project implementation.


We have developed a pipeline of projects that will deliver long term growth for communities, initially with a strong focus in the Northern Cape. These include livestock farming, biodiversity conservation, telecoms network upgrades, an aircraft parking facility and a grape farming empowerment project. These projects, at different levels, play a critical economic and social role in the Northern Cape. The first of the projects to roll-out is the livestock project where we have partnered with the Department of Agriculture and the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality, using their current livestock and environment programmes and knowledge of the district, to structure a collaborative livestock programme for the district IPPs who can take the first strategic step in uplifting local farmers by supporting this project.


Our project structuring considers a region wide approach, partnerships, project success measurements and drives implementation. It engages the following process.

Co-creation with collaborators

  • Bringing together public and private partners and structuring the collaboration 

  • Understanding metrics currently being used and intended outcomes of current projects

Location & context research

  •  Use an asset-based approach. Identifying the ED opportunities and building on existing strengths in the region. 

  • Generate synergies with other IPPs or partners across sectors for scale 

Development Paths

  • Frame the projects for the long-term, identify areas for growth and match that to the sector cash flows

  • Value chain analysis to identify the scalability of the projects

Community inclusion & Impact

  • Identify the likely community benefits across the value chain under different scenarios

  • Drive holistic development to enable job creation, and the formation of new industries 

Measuring success

  • Set indicators for success of the project using barriers and assumptions

  • Produce a MERL framework  then structure our reporting to match the REIPPPP compliance reporting 

Implementation Modelling
  • Structure an  implementation model with integration value for the community

  • Strategic blueprint for technical  implementation partners


Commonage farmer land in Noupoort, Northern Cape


Sheep at the Grootfontein Agricultural College


Noupoort Wind Farm in the distance across the farmer commonage land


Interviewing informal farmer on the needs for his sheep

Wind Turbines

High impact economic development

Within the renewable energy eco-system

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