Photos: WHITE ELECTRICITY: Whites Only town Orania is the ONLY town in South Africa CLOSE TO REACHING ENERGY SUPPLY AUTONOMY


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[I was in Orania in 2010, and I was impressed with it then. It is now much more impressive. This is a little Whites-only town, and they do all their own stuff. They’re like the awesome Canadian Hutterites I’ve mentioned. But as SA is collapsing… the 2,500 Whites are generating their own electricity. It’s like I’ve explained to all of you: We Whites can survive here. It’s the rest of these fools who can’t run a piss-up in a brewery. Whites are going to outperform everyone in SA. Mark my words. Jan]

Orania keeps the lights on

ENCLAVE: THE ONLY TOWN IN SA CLOSE TO REACHING ENERGY SUPPLY AUTONOMY Settlement started building R10.5m solar farm last year.

Pictures: AFP
NO LOAD SHEDDING. Engineer Francois Joubert, 69, who designed the Orasol solar farm, at the farm in Orania this week. Swampy plains not fit for farming or building houses are a new source of desperately needed electricity for the whites-only town in the Karoo.

Most of South Africa is wallowing in seemingly endless power cuts, but a remote whites-only farming town in the country’s sun-drenched centre is close to producing enough electricity to be self-sufficient.

At the end of a gravel track outside the Afrikaner town of Orania, a diamond mesh gate opens onto hundreds of photovoltaic panels mounted in rows.

In energy-starved South Africa, the small settlement of 2 500 people is the only town nationwide close to reaching energy supply autonomy and freeing itself from the failing national power grid.

“The solar farm is quite a huge game changer for us. It brings energy sustainability to the town,” said Gawie Snyman, 43, who manages the municipality.

“Our big dream is to become an energy exporter”.

Africa’s most developed economy has, in recent years, been plagued by epileptic power supply, which many blame on the ageing coal-fired power plants operated by the state-owned energy giant Eskom.

After weeks of some of the worst blackouts in recent years, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced energy reforms, urging South Africans to “join in a massive roll-out of rooftop solar” and sell excess to the grid.

Orania – a town about 620km southwest of Joburg – is already well on its way to becoming totally energy independent in just several years’ time.

Built on privately acquired land along the Orange River during the dying days of apartheid, Orania manages its affairs autonomously from the central government.

It was set up to “preserve the culture” of the Afrikaners – descendants of the Dutch and French-Huguenot Protestant settlers who came to South Africa in the 17th century.

Town spokesperson Joost Strydom, 28, said the town in the Karoo region now aimed to make the best of year-round sunshine

in order to enjoy “total electricity independence”.

With funding from the municipality and private investors, Orania started building its R10.5 million

solar farm in June last year.

Just 12 months later, the town was generating 841 kilowatts of electricity per hour – almost enough to power half the town and surrounding farms growing maize, wheat and nuts, local authorities say.

“It was the basic idea of self-sufficiency that drove us towards doing this,” said Francois Joubert, the engineer who designed what has become known as the “Orasol” plant.

Standing next to a row of solar panels, the 69 year old in a grey flat cap said Eskom had “failed dismally” to provide the town with the necessary power.

“You can’t rely on anybody to supply you with basic ingredients to live here in the Karoo,” he said.

“We had to do that ourselves; we had to work it out… And it’s working for us.”

A few kilometres from the solar plant, at the De Groot Boord farm, Joubert’s wife Annatjie watched as a mechanical tree shaker released pecan nuts onto a red net during early morning harvesting.

The 66-year-old former IT specialist-turned-farmer said a stable power supply was crucial for her orchard to flourish.

When Eskom implements load shedding to prevent the grid from collapsing, Annatjie’s trees go thirsty as she can’t pump water from the river, she explained.

Yet “it’s vital to complete your irrigation cycles, especially with pecans nuts because they use a lot of water”, she said.

The new solar plant would allow her to do just that, she added.

As the world grapples with a food crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, her husband said countries could ill afford more challenges to domestic food production.

“We need to produce as much as possible of our own food, and therefore we need water… we need electricity,” Joubert said.

The town was proud to be playing its part through producing clean energy, said the engineer.

“We are very glad that we can assist the green idea,” he said. –


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