Lesedi actively supports SMME development and business sustainability, with the aim of driving employment creation and building the local economy. The construction phase of the project generated approximately 1.3 million man-hours, with a large percentage of the workforce comprising local youth who acquired valuable new skills such as civil construction, steel structure assembly and electrical installation. These skill sets have since become marketable in other projects in the region and within the REIPPP power sector.
Through the economic development projects, Lesedi aims to create and promote entrepreneurship to ultimately improve service delivery, create employment, and increase competition in various business sectors.
The project’s approach to enterprise development promotes investment in SMMEs with growth potential and capacity having high impact on societal needs. The programme will engage beneficiaries through on-going support interventions post investment to drive sustainability.