Sustainable solutions give new life to Gwakwani

Gwakwani, a remote village located 300 km north of Polokwane,  now has access to energy and water through sustainable interventions, thanks to the partnership between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science and Schneider Electric. A highlight of the project was the installation a solar-powered off-grid bakery, which not only caters to the villagers’ needs, but also enables the community to sell their loaves to surrounding villages. The company, in cooperation with UJ, has supplied a solar-powered variable speed drive to support the installation of a cold storage facility for the village. The community had previously relied on water supplied from a diesel-powered borehole, which was insufficient for daily use. Through this initiative, both a second borehole pump and a new drip irrigation system were installed, allowing residents to pump water and use the drip irrigation for a vegetable garden.

Contact Zanelle Dalglish, Schneider Electric, Tel 011 254-6400,


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