Global Wind Day 2017

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“Wind power in South Africa provides another means to strengthen our socio-economic development, create new jobs for women and youth, stimulate local enterprise development and achieve our climate objectives.” – Brenda Martin, SAWEA CEO
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“The renewables industry currently faces some serious headwinds, as conservative local forces resist the tide of change sweeping the world. Their resistance will ultimately be futile. Cheap renewable energy will win the day. The winds of change are here to stay.” – Mark Pickering, SAWEA Chair
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“Wind Energy means a fulfilling job and food on the table. I install and service turbines across South Africa, there is big sense of accomplishment and appreciation when a job is completed.” – Bjorn Jochems, Senior Wind Turbine Technician
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“Wind Power means a unique opportunity for South Africa’s energy industry to contribute meaningfully to ordinary people’s lives while also helping fight the effects of changing climate due to human causes.”- Methuli Mbanjwa, SAWEA board member
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“As an industry we have an opportunity to power transformative development in once forgotten communities. It is an opportunity and responsibility not to be taken lightly.” – Masechaba Mabilu, SAWEA board member
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“Wind Energy means inward investment, job creation, skills development and direct socio-economic investment in predominantly rural local communities – a lot of upside, little if any downside.” – Ryan Hammond, CEO of Cookhouse Wind Farm, Umoya Energy- Hopefield Wind Farm and REISA
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“Wind is to a flag, what energy is to our country. Without wind, we’ll never show our true colours.” – Wendy Parsons, Kouga Wind Farm’s Chief Financial Officer
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“The wind industry is about being innovative in Renewable Energy and transforming the social environment in our country. This is our journey – let’s make it happen!” – Anne Henschel, SAWEA board member
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“The wind of change is blowing, and as South Africans, we have the opportunity to commit to a cleaner and brighter future for our children and for the planet.” – Mary Waller, SAWEA board member
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“In the 80’s it was not big enough, in the 90’s it was too expensive, today wind energy opponents try to rely on the base load myth to stop the wind surge, the fossil dinosaurs cannot stop wind energy.” – Hein Reyneke, SAWEA Treasurer