Solar - local is lekker minister says

2012-05-17 20:31

Parliament - Only solar water heater suppliers who "localise" their products will be able to participate in government's installation programme, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday.

Opening debate in Parliament on her department's 2012 budget, she said that while there had been good progress with the solar water heater programme, most of the systems installed - particularly the low-pressure type - were imported.

"This is clearly unsustainable, and the time has arrived for us to intervene if we are to create local job opportunities.

"I have therefore decided that from this year, the solar water heater programme will work on a different model.

"Only those suppliers who commit to localise their products will be able to participate in the government budget subsidy programme," she said.

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