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Vukile Property Fund has decided to equip all of the malls in its portfolio with rooftop solar panels. Among its properties are malls in Boksburg and Soweto. The company says that installations across the group have the capacity to generate 1.274MW of solar energy, generating about 2 089MWh annually. Retrofitting of light fittings has also taken place, to improve energy efficiency.

At the Cavalier abattoir in Cullinan, biowaste conversion company ibert provides about a quarter of the power that the abattoir needs to function, at a competitive rate. In the process, all of the facility’s biowaste is disposed of.

Solar power Absa Bank has followed up on its decision to take its central Johannesburg campus off the national electricity grid. Investments in a 6 000-panel rooftop solar system (which cost R10-million), the synchronisation of gas and diesel generators and sophisticated water and underfloor heating systems have all contributed to massive energy savings. The bank estimates that the power it generates is 70% cleaner than that provided by the national grid. The rooftop solar installation at Absa’s Pretoria office provides 17% of its electricity needs and the bank intends rolling out solar solutions for another five offices soon in addition to investigating battery solutions in pursuit of what it calls “net zero offices”. One of the biggest roofs in South Africa is to get one of the largest solar installations. Mall of Africa (pictured above), a joint venture by Attacq and Atterbury in Waterfall City, Midrand, will produce about 7 800MWh/y from panels on 45 000m² of roof space. GAUTENG BUSINESS 2019/20

Local manufacturing In 2016 the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) established a Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU) which will make plans to exploit the huge fields of natural gas off the coasts of Mozambique and Angola and boost industrialisation in South Africa. At the end of the annual Windaba conference in Cape Town in 2018, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) issued a Commitment Statement which noted that the REIPPP has a “built-in demand for local procurement”, not only offering business opportunities to local companies, but also incentivising the industry to identify and support emerging entrepreneurs. This should have a positive spinoff in Gauteng province, which is the centre of the country’s manufacturing sector.

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Gauteng Business 2019-20  

The 2019/20 edition of Gauteng Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier b...

Gauteng Business 2019-20  

The 2019/20 edition of Gauteng Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier b...

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