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The greener side: Solutions to your energy bill, ecological footprint and load shedding

By Graeme Lund - Jul 3, 2015
The greener side: Solutions to your energy bill, ecological footprint and load shedding

Due to Eskom’s incompetence, consumers now have to pay for years of infrastructure neglect through load shedding and unreasonably high annual electricity tariff increases. The effect on the economy has been disastrous, with millions of productive man-hours and FDI lost.

However, as the Eskom crisis transforms our country into a third world economy, businesses are now looking for first world solutions. At the same time, many are also seeking answers to waste and pollution management as they become aware of the need to limit their footprint on the environment and become, as some have found, income generating.

Business Link spoke to a few of companies in the Eastern Cape that are helping other businesses reduce their electricity costs, become greener and load shedding-proof!


Naas Burger, Director atEya Bantu’s East London office, says; “Eya Bantu offers a comprehensive range of services in electrical engineering. We are professional engineers and project managers with a thorough knowledge of renewable power projects.  Eya Bantu has a number of specialised skills and services, which our competitors simply cannot supply. We have been providing our engineering services to many of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme projects from pre-feasibility stage right through to commissioning and maintenance. Eya Bantu employs more than 130 staff, who have the unique ability to execute even the most complex and challenging projects in our field of expertise.”  Contact:043 726 2726.


PE Heating Services have been in operation since 1998 and does Comfizone ceiling insulations for new building projects to comply with SANS10 400-XA building regulations. Henk Terblanche, the owner, says; “Comfizone makes all manner of buildings not only more energy efficient, but also cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Comfizone is easy to install and reduces the risk of damaging the wiring of alarms and lights in the ceiling. Our product is unique as it is made from recycled newspaper that is fire retardant (SABS tested), insect and rodent repellent, has excellent acoustic properties and is inexpensive. There is also no wastage and it is possible to apply any thickness according to project’s requirements.” Contact:041 378 1049.


Mervin Olivier, Technical Executive atGIBB, says; “We are a leading black-owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm with disciplines in the transportation; power and energy; dams hydropower and underground works; environmental sciences; airports and aviation sectors. GIBB is a South African owned firm large enough to compete and small enough to care. GIBB has an extensive Environmental Sciences Services Sector that has a proven track record on mega projects throughout the continent.” Contact:043 706 3600.


Astrid Forbes, Operations Director atGenergy, says; “We have various divisions within the green energy space, namely hot water (making use of both solar thermal and heat pump technology); generation (this includes on-grid, hybrid and off-grid photovoltaic solutions, from design right through to implementation and commissioning); lighting - where we focus on the commercial industry with induction and LED technology and lastly, metering and verification.

“Genergy focuses on sourcing the best-in-class products, and as such, we are the South African distribution partners for world-class brands such as Darfon inverters, Quantum heat pumps and Seraphim photovoltaic panels. Each of these products are unique and give our clients peace of mind and a warranty they can trust.” Contact:086 115 9159.


Xtreme Projects has received much publicity lately because of its innovative products and the entrepreneurial skill of its owner and Managing Director, Kevin Kelly. The 24-Hour, ISO14001:2004/OHSAS 18001:2007 certified and Sasol Emergency Response Accredited Emergency Spill Response Company has over ten years’ experience in pollution control and environmental protection and has helped many businesses to prevent pollution and comply with regulations - saving them huge monies on potential fines.

“Our scope of services covers all pollution prevention activities on land and at sea. Our approach is ‘not to do tomorrow what you can do today’. Our employees understand that they do not work for Xtreme Projects – we just pay them, they actually work for all our customers – hence, they do their jobs properly and on time. We work as one efficient team and make sure all our clients get the best service, from the moment they walk through our doors,” says Kevin. Contact:041 582 2211.


Kay Hardy, General Manager atThe Waste Trade Company says; “We specialise in waste management and recycling. As we understand that each client’s needs are unique, we tailor our waste management and recycling services accordingly.Furthermore, we offer waste separation training as well as various CSR initiatives. With 17 years’ worth of experience in the industry, we have a very proactive approach and can assist our clients in identifying their waste streams and finding alternative solutions to landfill.

“An aspect that differentiates us from our competition is The Schools Recycling Project. This project is privately funded by The Waste Trade Company and the role of the project is to educate our youth about the importance of recycling. We support the schools with the needed infrastructure and many educational tools to ensure that they are empowered to recycle.” Contact:041 486 2110.


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