Robben Island prison goes solar

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Cape Town - Robben Island, where the late president Nelson Mandela was jailed and which is now a popular tourist destination, will soon run solely on solar power, the government said on Thursday.

The Unesco world heritage site will be a pilot project for the conversion to solar power of the country's national parks, botanical gardens and other heritage sites, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom told reporters.

The island currently uses diesel-powered electricity.

The change will contribute "towards our countrywide effort to reduce the electricity demand and to start shifting towards efficient energy use and renewable energy use", he said.

The programme is part of an initial $15m drive to boost tourism.

"The 9.5 million visitors welcomed into South Africa last year contributed to creating a better life for all South Africans," he said.

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