With a donation of around R80k, local Kimberley catering company, Julie’s Malay Kitchen, has been able to purchase much needed equipment to assist in successfully expanding the business and increasing efficiency. Company owner, Judy Jeanette, said that the equipment received so far has increased their day to day productivity so much that they are already looking at ways to expand and moving to a bigger space.

The donation forms part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s Enterprise Development strategy, which is focused on the support of local small and medium black owned companies. Support includes capital injection to improve their service offering and ability to seek growth opportunities. Since Julie’s Malay Kitchen supplies meals to Droogfontein Solar Power, the donation also forms part of their Supplier development initiative.

This 100% black woman-owned local Kimberly business showed potential and initiative for growth. “The owner expressed her desire to grow and provide her services to other companies in the area but had challenges with acquiring additional equipment to enable her to expand her business,” explained Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director of Droogfontein Solar Power.

In addition to benefitting Julie’s Malay Kitchen, the solar plant has a number Enterprise Development initiatives, which have been implemented over the last three years.  Their initiatives aim to assist and accelerate the sustainability of local enterprises by ploughing financial resources into the local area.  These programmes will continue for the 20 year life span of the project and will remain focused on local communities in the Kimberley, Riverton, Ritchie and Barkly West areas.

29 January 2018