Matsila Community Solar Energy Project

Solar power brings water to an entire village

The electricity needed to power the boreholes supplying life-giving water to the 10 000 residents of Matsila Village in the Limpopo Province, South Africa, was unreliable, environmentally unsustainable and prohibitively expensive.

Now, thanks to the Matsila Community Solar Energy Project, unreliable water supply no longer presents a stumbling block towards improving the lives of its people. Unveiled, in January 2022, the project was an initiative of the Matsila Community Development Trust, led by Chief Livhuwani Matsila, and funded by Ninety One. Ninety One’s contribution also settled the community’s outstanding debt to Eskom.

Consisting of ten solar plants powering boreholes, the project ensures sustainable water supply for the entire community – not just for domestic consumption but also for the vegetable farming scheme and livestock farming projects in the area, which provide employment to more than 500 families.

“We are eternally grateful for this generous sponsorship by Ninety One. The scorching heat in our village has now been turned into a vital energy commodity as a result of this project.”
Chief Livhuwani Matsila

The impact of the Matsila Community Solar Energy Project

Sustainable water supply
Sustainable water supply

10 000

households supplied with free, clean and sustainable water supply.


Boreholes, ensuring free, clean and sustainable water supply for the entire community – not just for the households but also for the vegetable farming scheme and livestock farming projects in the area.
Solar plants
Solar plants


Ninety One provided the means to construct ten solar plants to power the community boreholes.
“When Chief Matsila approached Ninety One to consider the problem, we were deeply impressed by his leadership and the way the community is run. Access to water is a basic human right. The people of the community are now empowered with a reliable source of renewable energy to improve their daily lives and allow them to operate their agricultural businesses sustainably into the future.”
Hendrik du Toit, Founder & CEO, Ninety One
Last updated: February, 2023
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