SAWEASouth African Wind Energy Association
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SAWEA CEO Johan van den Berg said: "We are confident that South Africa will build a 30,000MW wind industry in the next 30 years irrespective of short-term development.
SAWEA says that the country's wind sector is regarded as one of the three most vibrant wind sectors worldwide, alongside Mexico and Brazil, and calculates that while South Africa had only eight wind towers in 2012, it currently boasts 300, with another 500 under construction.
SAWEA executive director and conference committee chairman Mazen Snobar believes more cost effective and sustainable technologies are needed to prevent future water shortages.