WindAc Africa conference sponsorships open to students

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STUDENTS from South African universities have been invited to apply for sponsorship to attend the South African Wind Energy Association’s WindAc Africa conference in Cape Town.

The conference will take place on November 14 and 15 at the International Convention Centre, in Cape Town. There are 30-50 scholarships available and the student sponsorship applications will be open until August 31.

Students may apply on the WindAc Africa website. CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea), Brenda Martin, said the sponsorship includes participation in a workshop to be hosted at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre, with a pre-event networking evening.

“The sponsorship will include complimentary access to the two-day conference, as well as travel costs for students who do not reside in the greater Cape Town area.”

Students who are keen to understand the diverse wind energy sector have the opportunity to join experts in the field for an in-depth experience of WindAc Africa.

Martin said that the programme expands on the WindAc mentoring programme recently announced by Sawea, which aims to facilitate relationships between young entrants to the wind industry and professionals working within the renewable energy sector.

“This approach seeks to sensitise the next generation of male business leaders to the challenges faced by women in the energy sector.

“Sawea is keen to ensure that once mentored students enter the workplace, they will actively promote gender inclusivity and contribute towards positively changing workplace culture.”

 SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE  provinces@thenewage.co.za

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