The moderating and mediating role of local government in the community engagement strategy of a renewable energy company in South Africa

Robinson, Bryan Michael Kenneth and Stephens, Sian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1293-8181 (2021) The moderating and mediating role of local government in the community engagement strategy of a renewable energy company in South Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 32 (3) . pp. 14-23. ISSN 1021-447X [Article] (doi:10.17159/2413-3051/2021/v32i3a9403)

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Abstract

Adopting a qualitative case study approach of a renewable energy company in South Africa, the research investigated community engagement within the tripartite relationship of a wind farm, the communities, and the local government. It was found that local government played a moderating role in the community engagement efforts of the wind farm which had to comply with certain engagement protocols determined by local government. Local government also played a mediating role in corporate community engagement, as the wind farm developed their engagement strategy in alignment with local government’s policies and acted as a ‘dot-connector’ between local government and communities. The wind farm played a reciprocal mediating role on local government’s own engagement with their communities in the face of local government’s inefficiencies and complemented service delivery outcomes. The wind farm’s engagement strategy thus enabled local development which was appreciated by communities and local government.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 34001
Notes on copyright: Copyright (c) 2021 Bryan Robinson, Siân Stephens
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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Depositing User: Sian Stephens
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 12:35
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 18:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34001

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