Robben Island to turn to solar power
Robben Island, one of the world’s top tourist attractions, will soon generate its power from solar panels.
The island prison, which once held Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwarts Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada, among others, will be a pilot site for the Department of Tourism. It plans to roll out solar power to botanical gardens, South African National Parks and world heritage sites.
Delivering his department’s budget vote today, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said the installation of solar power at the island would take place during the current financial year.
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