Research Findings : Energy Communities Survey 14 October 2016

Knowledge Pele believes in research-led development. As a result, we’re constantly conducting research to understand the development needs and assets of underprivileged communities. This is essential to constructing a baseline view against which progress can be measured over the long term. Such research is especially important to private companies tasked with making social investments in communities that host their assets.

To this end, Knowledge Pele conducts monthly surveys in energy communities across the South Africa to generate a view of the conditions in these communities and the development priorities of those who reside in them. We ask participants a series of questions about household conditions; the quality of household and community infrastructure and their perceptions of employment opportunities, inter alia. In this report, we’d like to share the aggregate findings related to community perceptions of stakeholders. These results are drawn from 2016 surveys involving 600 participants from communities in the North West and Northern Cape. For specific results related to a community you’re interested in, please contact t.relela@knowledgepele.com

 

So let’s see what the data tells us about communities and stakeholders…

DO YOU TRUST COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS

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• Based on our research, it appears that ward councillors are the stakeholder group least trusted by community members.

• Religious leaders on the hand, are the group that is most often trusted.

• Participants are most hesitant to express their views regarding tribal leaders.

 

DO COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS DELIVER ON PROMISES

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• Again, religious leaders are the most favoured group as the majority of participants believe that they deliver on their promises more often than not.

• Ward councillors are believed to have the worst record of delivering on promises.

• Community leaders also have an unfavourable delivery record.

PERCEIVED ROLE OF BIG BUSINESSES

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Create Jobs

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What we learn from the above is that communities have very high and faceted expectations of big business.

• They believe that the most important functions of big business are job creation and skills development.

• Supporting the small business sector is seen as a high priority.

• The more developmental investments such as donations and partnering with local government for development are viewed as important but not as critical as the core business of business.

 

In all, it is that communities have very clear perceptions of stakeholders. It is thus worth paying attention to these sentiments when choosing partners to work with in communities.

 

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