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The Cookhouse Wind Farm
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From left to right the images above show Cookhouse equipment arriving at Coega on the vessel Blue Master II, trucks delivering tower sections to site on Wednesday 25th September and a tower and a nacelle being readied for erection on site.Important progress has been achieved over the course of the last two months, including further road and foundation progress, the arrival of further turbines and transformers to port and the transportation of the erection cranes and first wind turbine equipment to site. Some exciting local community projects and activities have also taken place.
Construction Update:
The excavation and pouring of foundations is continuing at a good pace. Roads and crane hardstand construction are making good progress too with almost 20km of roads complete (out of a total of 36km) and a steady pace being set on the remainder. Electrical work is well underway with trenches being excavated, the substation platform having been completed and the overhead line construction team having been mobilized to site.
Logistics:
As can be seen from the town of Cookhouse, the large erection cranes have been delivered to site in readiness for the offloading of major equipment such as blades, towers and nacelles. Tower sections and nacelles began arriving Wednesday the 25th of September, a great day for the Project and the Local Area! Transportation will be carried out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to the end of February 2014. Olifantskop Pass, just after Paterson, will need to close for about an hour on these days between 9am and 10 am. The trucks are each 50m long and they will be traveling at speeds of about 60km/hr. Deliveries are expected to consist of three trucks carrying turbine blades and five trucks with 8 axle trailers carrying the heavier loads.
Local Involvement:
Employment
Suzlon (the Contractor) and sub-contractors have reported that they have hired over 380 people on site, 63% of which are local, totalling 240 people. The majority of these workers have been employed into the civils work, carrying out jobs such as concreting, rebar installation, formwork, excavations and clearing, scaffolding and road maintenance. The electrical contractors have employed locals on jobs such as cable trenching, cable laying, brick laying and the building of overhead lines. All contractors have instituted skills transfer programmes under mentorships, with the goal being that at the end of construction local people have portable and transferable skills.
The Jobseeker and Service Provider Databases are used by the contractors as the primary resources for sourcing individuals. The Jobseeker Database now has more than 3000 people registered. Once again it must be made clear that jobs and contracts will be awarded on the basis of contractor needs, relevant skills, experience, BEE status, and cost effectiveness. With so many people on the databases in comparison to the jobs available, unfortunately only a small percentage of those who registered may be contacted, as the number of employment opportunities is far less than the number of registered people or business.
Over the remaining months of construction about 80 additional jobs will be made available. Recruitment for these positions has already commenced and the contractors are ensuring that as far as possible there is an even spread of employment across the local area communities.
The Community Trust
Formal appointment of these experts will take place in October. Once this is concluded a series of large and small public meetings and workshops will be held where the community will be asked to participate in a process to highlight themes or issues that can be addressed by the funds that will flow from the Trust and Project’s socio-economic development contributions.
It is important to reiterate that additional to the Trust ownership and dividends thereof, benefits will flow to the local communities over the 20-year life of the project through Socio-economic Development (“SED”) Contributions. These are allocations of a percentage of revenue from the operations of the Wind Farm to development projects. Such funds will only begin to flow in the third quarter of 2014.
Construction Period Community Projects
Although SED upliftment projects will only happen in earnest once the Wind Farm is operational and generating revenue, the Project Company has funded two goodwill community projects in the near term.

2013 Champions Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt
FOUR TIME Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon K2 champions Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt successfuly negotiate their way over the Cradock Weir on day two of the 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.
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Abby Adie (front
2013 WOMEN’S K2 CHAMPIONS Abby Adie and Anna Adamova proved too strong for the rest of the field after they opened a substantial lead on day two of the 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.
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Len Jenkins Jnr and Greg Louw battled
LEN JENKINS JR. AND, LOCAL HERO, GREG LOUW battled it out with the international pair of Tomas Slovak and Tobias Bong and managed to sneak past them to take second place on day two of the 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon. JohnHishin/Gameplan Media
McGregor and van der Walt
claim Record Fourth Hansa
Fish Title
CRADOCK
THE DURBAN DUO of Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt rewrote the record books at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon as they wrapped up a fourth successive K2 title on a day of drama that saw the leaderboard dramatically shaken up, while women’s overnight leaders Abby Adie and Anna Adamová enjoyed an unchallenged second stage to claim the ladies’ title.
McGregor and van der Walt started over four minutes ahead of overnight second place holders Ben Biggs and Alasdair Glass, and succeeded in maintaining their advantage throughout the 36km stretch from Knutsford to Cradock to eventually cross the line in 4:48.07.
“We had a faultless day, it was a bit lonely and pretty cold but we just looked to keep things conservative and not try be heroes and it all paid off in the end,” said recently crowned Marathon World Champ McGregor.
“Today was probably the best I have ever shot Cradock Weir and after that it was great to come home to get our fourth win in a row together and my fifth so I’m very happy.”
“I was obviously very happy to have won the World title last weekend and then to get another Hansa Fish title under the belt is great!” he added.
“We had a really good weekend together,” added van der Walt. “We both weren’t feeling great coming into the weekend after all the travel but it was great to be back at the Fish and the win is obviously great!”
Whilst McGregor and van der Walt were untouchable up front, the countless to-ing and fro-ing amongst their chasers kept the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout.
A brave Biggs and Glass tried their best to hang onto their second place however pre-race title hopefuls Len Jenkins and Greg Louw and top international duo of Tobias Bong of Germany and Tomáš Slovák of Czech Republic had other plans, as they quickly reeled in the day one fairytale pair.
Having charged through the field after starting the day in fifth, Bong and Slovák proceeded to storm straight past Jenkins and Louw and into a probable second place finish, until disaster struck at the notorious Cradock Weir.
“We caught Len (Jenkins) and Greg (Louw) and stayed with them for a while before we managed to open up a 30 second lead going into Cradock Weir,” explained Slovák. “Unfortunately, we had some bad luck there though and swam.”
“The swim also broke our boat a little so when we emptied and got going again we filled up with water all over again and by the time we got to Golf Course rapid we were completely under water and had to stop and empty again,” he added.
“It’s obviously a bit disappointing, but that’s Cradock Weir, that’s the Hansa Fish and that’s paddling!” said an upbeat Bong. “We’re still very happy with third place and maybe if we can practice a bit more we can be back again in two years’ time and try to challenge Hank and Grant,”
With Bong and Slovák’s misfortune, it was Fisher King Jenkins and local lad Louw who ultimately claimed the silver medal after an improved day compared to Friday’s opening stage.
“Yesterday wasn’t the best for us but we managed to hold it together and Greg (Louw) pulled us through,” explained Jenkins. “It was much better today and man, what a nice race!”
“Well done to Bong and Slovák today. They were absolutely flying!
“The came charging through and the interval they put in to get rid of Ben (Biggs) and Alasdair (Glass) was unbelievable! They were going so fast that they couldn’t even stay in sync anymore! I have never seen anything like that!”
“Well done to Hank and Grant too. They are great paddlers and really fit.
“I’m also really chuffed with our fastest time of the day, although hanging onto the back of Bong and Slovák definitely helped us with that,” he chuckled.
Jenkins partner, Louw, added, “Its always great racing back here at home. You’ve got every farmer standing on the river banks along the way cheering you on and it really helps push you along!”
“Hats off to Tobi (Bong) and Tomáš (Slovák). The old sprinting days of ours really came into play today because they came past us and were just going at completely another level!” he added.
Having slipped back to fourth, Biggs and Glass then suffered the same misfortune as their international counterparts at Cradock Weir which saw Brandon van der Walt and Stu MacLaren go past as well as the pair rounded out the men’s top five.
In the ladies’ race Adie and Adamová showed a clean pair of blades to their chasers Robyn Kime and Bridgitte Hartley as they cruised to a commanding victory, Adie’s second K2 victory in a row, having claimed the 2011 women’s title with Hilary Pitchford.
The win was also the ideal 24th birthday present for Adie. “I couldn’t have asked for a better present,” beamed Adie afterwards. “We managed to hang onto a good bunch of guys early on and that really helped us.”
“This really was a special win because coming into the race I thought it was one of the toughest fields I have ever had to compete against and Anna and I were a new combination.
“Once we paddled together and saw just how well we sat together and combined I knew we would go well though,” she added.
Adamová, who recently claimed a K2 bronze and K1 silver medal at the Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, added gold to her repertoire – a memorable result for the Czech Republic competitor.
“The past two weeks have been amazing, I would probably rank both Worlds and Fish on the same level – they have been fantastic!” said an ecstatic Adamová. “Abby drove so well and she is also my Dusi partner so I’m very happy to have started our partnership so well.”
Kime and Hartley eventually claimed silver, with overnight fourth placed duo Jenna Ward and Kerry Segal moving up one spot to claim the bronze medal and break Ward’s Fish fourth placed hoodoo.
The juniors boys’ race saw Louis Hattingh and Bryan le Roux hold off the Wilson twins, Travis and Tyler, whilst Jordan and Cana Peek claimed the junior girls’ title. Brandon Macleod and his Michaelhouse teammate Alan Houston came from behind the claim the U16 title.
After a fascinating mixed doubles contest, Cape Town’s Tom Schilperoort and Samantha Murray overcame a drama filled final stage to claim the title from Adie siblings Alex and Andrew.
“We managed to get ahead of Andrew and Alex at Marlow Chute but as we went over Cradock Weir Sam’s paddle got stuck under us and we lost that, which left us in a bit of a situation as we had a 50m lead, 5km to go and only one paddle!” explained Schilperoort comically.
“Fortunately someone threw us one at the bridge and we were able to put our heads down and go again to the end,” he added.
Having stormed through the field on day one, it was the Burden trio – Nic, Paul and Colin – who once again reigned supreme in the K3 contest as they overcame the challenge of Jacques, Jen and Cobie Theron.

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