On Wednesday the South African political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), released a statement urging solar power plant operators in the Northern Cape “ to adopt social and labour absorption plans that will benefit Northern Cape communities”.

The DA suggested that regulations be implemented to facilitate this process, and emphasised the importance of reinvesting back into the communities in which solar plants operate

“The social and labour plans must provide for the promotion of employment, economic growth and social development”, DA finance, Economic, Development and Tourism representative Boitumelo Babuseng said.

“During our recent oversight visit to the Abengoa solar plant in Upington, it became very clear that local labour is not being absorbed into the plant. This is cause for serious concern, given the expanded unemployment rate of 38% in the province”, Babuseng stated.

The DA added that the Droogfontein solar plant in Kimberley was contributing to the Galeshewe SMME incubator, commenting: “We hope to see that the solar plants elsewhere in the province take their lead from this
initiative”.