Calls for South African wind energy localisation road map


 “Department of Science and Technology (DST) technology localisation director Vincent Zondi said that South Africa needed to develop a wind energy localisation roadmap to ensure clarity and relevant guidelines.

He commented that the DST aimed, through partnerships, to increase the capability, competitiveness and scope of local production and reduce the country’s reliance on wind energy-related imports, while creating and saving local jobs.

Zondi said that the human capital, shared-technology facilities and research and development infrastructure needs of the wind energy industry had to be examined to develop a sustainable and viable industry roadmap, with established short-, medium- and long-term targets for localisation.

Further, to ensure clarity on localisation, the DTI was incorporating the South African Bureau of Standards SATS 1286:2011 standard into requests for proposals, as well as finalise the levels of required local content.

The DST would also possibly shift the third bidding process’ August deadline to allow more time for companies to adjust to the local content requirements.”

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