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'WC green hub plan underway'

Premier Helen Zille said the green economic hub will be located in the West Coast town of Atlantis.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday said plans are underway to develop a green economic hub in the province.

It will be located in the West Coast town of Atlantis.

Speaking at the Sustain our Africa summit at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Zille said promoting the green economy is essential.

"South Africa's biggest problem is unemployment and poverty and we need to do everything to create investment, new businesses and jobs. There is a big opportunity for us in the green economy. The world needs it because we all know about the great dangers of climate change."

The premier added the province is well placed to take advantage of new environmental technologies.

"In the Western Cape in particular, we have a lot of wind, magnificent wave energy and sun energy, which needs to be harnessed affordably."