Calling young designers

Entries have opened for the Eskom eta Awards, which includes a category for Young Designers: school kids with bright minds and bright ideas. Here are a few past winners… South Africa is a country full of talent. This is particularly true of the youth of the country – a fact which seems to...

Solar energy charges small appliances

Keegan Cordeiro – a 16-year old young designer from White River – is a runner-up in the Young Designers category of Eskom’s 2011 etaAwards for his solar system that can charge cell phones and run various small appliances that require 220V of alternating current and use a two-prong plug. His...

Betty’s Bay man gets noticed for innovation in Eskom eta Awards

Betty’s Bay-based engineer, Russell Witthuhn has earned a place in the finals of the Eskom eta Awards, now in its 22ndyear, for his unwavering and self-motivated ambition to create an efficient vertical wind turbine that could survive the harsh weather conditions in South Africa’s coastal regions. His...

Doing all that you can to conserve energy

Cutting your energy bill by 60% at home is no mean feat.  This was however achieved by Russell Attenbourgh who lives in a small seaside village just outside of East London in the Eastern Cape.  His efforts have paid off with a runner-up prize in the Energy Savings in Households category of the 2011 Eskom...

The Leatherman of solar in emerging communities

Marlene Snowdown was startled to learn how many people in previously disadvantaged communities, although living RDP homes, did not have geysers for water heating. As a proponent of solar power and its potential to alleviate the burden on the national power grid, support sustainable communities and combat...

Make wine while the sun shines

The winemaking tradition of the Grier family began in the 1970s with cousins Jeff and Simon Grier, whose pursuit of excellence in wine production found a home in 1983 with the purchase of Villiera Wines, in the Stellenbosch Region.   The innovative team made a commitment to lessen its impact on the...

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