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Engen has launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. The IeC was launched in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Bushbuckridge local municipality, and forms part of Engen’s commitment to job creation and community development under the government’s Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Plan.

IeC launch

“This Integrated Energy Centre has been donated by Engen for the people of Bushbuckridge and the surrounding areas. It is our sincere hope that the residents access and benefit from the affordable and safe energy services that the centre provides,” Engen Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan said at the centre’s inauguration.

Located between Casteel and Acorn Hoek, the IeC operates as a service station offering fuel, diesel, paraffin and LPG gas, as well as a convenience store, which is open 24/7, as well as FNB and Capitec ATMs. The centre also houses an Internet café, providing members of the community with complimentary access to 12 computers, printing and scanning facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

All profits from fuel and convenience sales at the IeC will be placed into a trust account, run by three elected trustees, who have been approved by the municipality, Engen and the DoE. The trustees will identify relevant community upliftment projects to fund from the proceeds.

“It is Engen’s sincere hope that the IeC is a catalyst for the upliftment of the area, the growth of new businesses and the resultant employment opportunities they offer. During construction, 65 local people were employed for a variety of on-site jobs over a six-month period. On completion, 17 permanent positions were created, all of which have been filled from the local community,” Hassan said.

“I sincerely appreciate the funding of approximately R18 million from Engen in setting up this facility. I also want to congratulate Engen in completing their first IeC project and encourage them to do more,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said at the centre’s launch.

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