ENERGYDRIVE truck is expo’s crowd mag­net

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THOU­SANDS at­tended the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Sus­tain­able Liv­ing Expo.

The Dur­ban Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre housed awe-in­spir­ing dis­plays on food se­cu­rity and green­ing, bio­di­ver­sity, health, cre­ative arts, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, re­new­able en­ergy, waste min­imi­sa­tion and re­cy­cling, so­cial jus­tice, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and green build­ing struc­tures.

A host of ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­part­ments had ex­hibits, in­clud­ing the city’s rooftop gar­den and Dur­ban Green Cor­ri­dor.

The big at­trac­tion was the award-win­ning yel­low energydrive truck – the first of its kind – which has been tour­ing the coun­try and spread­ing the word about re­new­able en­ergy.

The R3-mil­lion pri­vate-pub­lic funded project was launched by the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and the En­ergy and Wa­ter Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity.

Robin Ma­haraj, of The Habi­tat Foun­da­tion, which ex­hibits prod­ucts made of ve­tiver grass, said they had re­quested two ad­vanced ve­tiver weav­ing train­ers from Thai­land to teach stu­dents in the ru­ral areas and the un­der­priv­i­leged and phys­i­cally chal­lenged in com­mu­ni­ties around Dur­ban. “The train­ers also brought skills on how to make and use a sim­ple hand loom that can weave in­tri­cate pat­terns in a short time.”

The cour­ses are free and those in­ter­ested can con­tact Ma­haraj on




Award-win­ning yel­low truck tours SA teach­ing about re­new­able en­ergy.

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