The idea is mind-boggling, however the concept is easy – if we transfer down the West Coast, going previous Port Nolloth, and stopped at a small fishing village known as Hondeklip Bay, we’ll discover a settlement of some 540 individuals, the place the primary occupations are devoted to fishing and tourism – it lies about 95 km south west of the district capital Springbok.
A few years in the past, this village was used as a harbour to export copper ore from the mines round Springbok however was later surpassed by Port Nolloth, which had a safer harbour in addition to a railway line.
At the moment, Hondeklip Bay is a well-liked regional vacation vacation spot and serves the fishing and diamond-mining group.
The mouth of the Spoeg River is situated about 18 km SSE down the coast from Hondeklip Bay. There are caves of archaeological curiosity there, related to the Khoisan individuals.
The inhabitants of this little fishing village consists of some 540 souls. The principle occupation there, is related to aquaculture – in truth, the breeding of Abalone or Perlemoen as it’s recognized domestically.
However that business is simply the beginning of one thing very thrilling, that may set the roles market alight throughout the nation. Nevertheless, if we begin with the Abalone, one other alternative presents itself, in truth a wealth of alternatives, which ideally would complement each other. However how can we kick this challenge off?
We should begin proper on the coast, by excavating a canal going inland, and while we’re doing that we will extract the salt from the ocean water in situ. That salt should be stockpiled, as a result of it’s going to be used at a later date for the technology of unpolluted electrical energy.
The subsequent step, is to plant quite a lot of Salicornia, which has been grown very efficiently in different components of the world, notably the place there’s poor soil, not usually appropriate for conventional crops.
Salicornia is a genus of succulent, halophyte (salt tolerant) vegetation that develop in salt marshes, on seashores, and amongst mangroves. Salicornia species are native to North America, Europe, South Africa, and South Asia. Widespread names for the genus embrace glasswort, and pickleweed. The principle European species is commonly eaten, known as marsh samphire in Britain, and the primary North American species is often offered in grocery shops or seems on restaurant menus, often as ‘sea beans’ or samphire greens.
Nevertheless, aside from being a delicacy, there are numerous different makes use of for this plant, as a result of it may be used to fabricate jet gas, flour for baking and facial oils. NASA is already engaged on the Jet gas side.
Now we get onto the planting of bamboo, and this can be utilized once more, for quite a lot of purposes, which embrace the manufacture of sure kinds of clothes, flooring, roofing and family furnishings. They’re in all probability many, as but unexplored, different purposes that it may be used for as properly.
Subsequent, the planting of business hemp or marijuana – that is notably thrilling in South Africa proper now, as a result of, with there’s a sturdy transfer to legalise the usage of the derivatives of this plant – primarily for the therapy of most cancers. It is very important do not forget that the sale of medical marijuana has already change into a authorized product in 24 US states – the primary of which was Colorado.
Now, all is that is simply pertaining to the merchandise that one might develop, or manufacture in situ. Nevertheless, the excavation of canals and establishing of “Canal Stations” – lend itself to a type of transport which is quite common in different components of the world, however not but in South Africa – if this was carried out, it will now result in an enormous boat or barge development enterprise.
This in flip, now leads us to the job market, and every of the merchandise above, has a spin-off, in that one would require labour to carry out nearly each side, from the planting to the development and to the advertising and marketing.
Because the canals (and I say canals as a result of they are going to be extra models developed alongside the perimeter of the coast) are moved inland, it will lend itself to the backbone of a completely new type of low-cost and viable transport throughout the nation.
Every unit, when it’s established, will once more change into the muse of technical colleges, for the coaching of farmers, millwrights, electricians, plumbers and lots of, as but unthought of occupations, required for every one of many steps talked about above.
The entire work concerned, will, by its very nature be environmentally pleasant – there might be no speak of mining or fracking – no destroying the surroundings or killing of animals – in truth individuals and animal pleasant throughout the spectrum.
Lastly, every one of many models could be peopled by ALL South Africans, throughout the spectrum, and the variety of jobs that may change into accessible, will profit the nation for a whole bunch of years to come back. What extra can one ask than this?
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