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Western Cape green hub to create jobs

2012-08-06 16:39

Cape Town - The Western Cape's so-called green economy is expected to create 12 00 jobs in the next three years, Economic Development MEC Alan Winde said on Monday.

He said the sector employed 3 000 people in 2010 and was projected to employ 12 000 by 2015, 16 000 by 2020, and 20 000 by 2025.

"The majority of job opportunities are projected to be created through the manufacturing of components for the renewable energy sector."

The province and its funded agency, Green Cape, were in discussions to implement smart energy grids.

"[These] would enable individual firms and households to install hybrid energy generation systems and feed excess power into the grid."

Winde said not reducing the province's carbon footprint would drastically reduce its ability to trade locally and internationally.

"Economic growth puts strain on our infrastructure; we need to find innovative and economical ways to better manage our natural resources, especially our electricity use, and the way we dispose of our waste."

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Comments
  • sid.swanepoel - 2012-08-06 17:19

    Great initiative, wish we had forward-thinking, pro-business minds governing my province. Perhaps Cape town will overtake JHB as the "gateway to Africa" and claim the no.1 spot as the South African economic hub in coming years. It's pretty AND intelligent...works for me.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-06 17:54

      lol in your tik dreams. Call us when you account for half the nations economy.

      justin.pretorius - 2012-08-06 20:27

      70% of all taxes collected in WC are NEVER spent there! The glint of Gauteng is waning

  • heididelucchi - 2012-08-06 19:46

    This is the biggest bunch of bull ever! I work in renewable energy and every day there is a bigger battle. First the city of cape tow is wanting .tk charge a heavy rate for exporting to the grid added to that we are heavily dutied for importing goods which cannot be made locally. Eskom are greedy and want there bonus' at year end why would you use alternative energy which has a long life span and requires little maintenance when you can use 250.mil a day on generators? When Eskom is serious about the energy crisis they will talk to government and stop imposing absurd duties!

      claire.verdonk - 2012-08-07 00:24

      We face the same issues in the E Cape. Time to wake up and smell the coffee ZA - Eskom don't want you to have energy independence!

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