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The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

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