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Minister Xasa launches Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant on Robben Island
Minister Xasa launches Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant on Robben Island
Minister Tokozile Xasa will officially launch a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on Robben Island, which was funded by the Department of Tourism in line with it’s mandate to support sustainable and inclusive tourism development.

The solar PV mini-grid on Robben Island is part of a broader departmental initiative implemented in collaboration with the management authorities of government-owned tourism attractions to retrofit facilities at eight sites with solar energy generating systems. 

The initiative further supports the theme that the United Nations General Assembly adopted for 2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – allowing for a dedicated focus on tourism’s ability to contribute to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation, peace and mutual understanding.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017
Venue: Robben Island – Cape Town
Time: 07h30 – 13h30

Programme outline:

Part I: Arrival of guests at the Clock tower/ Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront
Part II: Formal programme (launch address by the Minister of Tourism) on Robben Island
Part III: Ribbon cutting ceremony, technical tour and media interviews 

Kindly Note: The ferry will depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront at 09h00. Only media who have received written confirmation and accreditation from the Department of Tourism will be allowed to board the ferry. 

Kindly confirm your attendance by 11 October 2017 to:

Ms Sindi Zwane  
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6612

OR

Mr Thapelo Mohale
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6619