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21 November 2017

S.Africa: students explore clean energy career prospects

GreenCape and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) hosted 150 high school students from various Atlantis schools at the second annual Atlantis Career Expo.

The event held on Friday, was designed to drive awareness and interest among Atlantis students about career opportunities in renewable energy.

"With the recent progress in establishing Atlantis as a green technology innovation and manufacturing hub, now is the perfect time to engage our youth in that goal," said Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor, City of Cape Town.

Among the notable and inspirational exhibits at the event was Durban University of Technology’s Energy Drive Bus. Read more...

The custom-designed bus serves as an experiential climate change and renewable energy mobile education station.

It’s equipped with ten solar photovoltaic panels, a 600-watt wind turbine, a biodigester, a solar hot water display unit and a battery bank, GreenCape explained in a statement.

Driving the green economy

De Lille added: "The young people participating in the Atlantis Career Expo and Renewable Energy Challenge are the future leaders who will drive the green economy forward.

“I commend the partners in this project for realising this and for stepping up to empower our young people. I put my faith in our youth and I encourage them to grab this opportunity and make the most of it so that they can take the green economy to even greater heights."

The NPO added that public and private sector organisations participating in the event included GreenCape, SAWEA, Jade-Sky, SAREBI and SAIEE. Exhibitions included educational stations from CPUT, UCT, UWC, West Coast College, College of Cape Town, the local fire department, SANRAL and SAPS.

“It’s critical to educate young people about the benefits and opportunities within the renewable energy industry,” said Jana Jordaan, GreenCape Analyst.

“We’re not only introducing students to a rewarding, future-proof career path, we’re also inspiring the next generation that will lead South Africa towards a sustainable, low carbon future.” Read more...

A broader initiative

The NPO explained that the Career Expo is part of broader efforts for Atlantis, a previously disadvantaged community, to tap into the economic and development benefits of the green economy.

With combined efforts from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and GreenCape, Atlantis was recently earmarked to be designated as a Green Technology Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Once the SEZ is designated, incentives will be offered to green technology companies from around the world to invest and establish manufacturing plants in Atlantis.

 

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