Wind energy can solve problems

Business Features 17 February 2013.

Wind energy holds the promise of cheap, reliable power and an opportunity to address the poverty that bedevils South Africa’s farming communities.

Poverty and inequality are at the heart of the unrest that recently convulsed the winelands. Political shenanigans may have contributed to it, but there should be agreement across the political spectrum that rural poverty constitutes a national crisis and a grave injustice.

There’s no silver bullet for the desperate circumstances facing millions of the rural poor, but South Africa’s growing need for affordable energy is likely to contribute to much-needed socio-economic development…