Question 250: Mrs E C van Lingen (DA-EC) asks the Minister of Public Enterprises whether Eskom is planning to start a skills development programme in Kouga; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;(2) (a) what amount and (b) to whom has Eskom allocated funds for the Kouga skills training programme;(3) what are the details in terms of the (a) project manager, (b) range of technical skills, (c) number of trainees for each skills programme, (d) candidate selection programme and (e) cost of each programme;(4) whether Eskom will provide details of the R18 million ‘grant’ to the Kouga Municipality; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the terms of reference of the full amount, (b) when will the project (i) commence and (ii) be completed, (c) what are the targets set to be achieved with this project and (d) when will these targets be achieved;(5) whether any similar projects will be implemented in Kouga; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? CW347EReply:According to Eskom:(1) It already has two existing Skills Development Programmes in the Kouga area. They include an Energy Auditors programme under the Building Energy Auditors Training (BEAT) and a Wind Service Technicians Programme. In addition to these existing programmes, Eskom is also in the process of putting together a training programme for approximately 550 Solar Water Heaters and Heat Pump Installers across the country, some of which will be from the Kouga area. The implementation of the Solar Water Heater and Heat Pump Installers Programme is dependent on the outcome of Eskom’s grant application from the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA).In the BEAT programme, Eskom has entered into Service Level Agreements with the Eastern Cape Midlands’ Further Education and Training (FET) College and Port Elizabeth FET College. To date 30 learners have been signed up. The learners will be trained as Energy Auditors and will also be exposed to additional modules in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.In the Wind Service Technicians’ Programme, Eskom in partnership with Gesellsschaft fur Internationale Zusammernarbeit (GIZ), a German Government organisation aimed at development initiatives, has signed up 30 learners at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Technology (NMMU). GIZ has already sent a delegation from NMMU and Eskom to a German local utility to study the wind industry. Eskom is working with the EWSETA and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services of Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA) in developing the Wind Service Technician qualification.(2) Table 1 below indicates amount for the Kouga skills training programme.