Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:51

Renewable energy from Unisa project will save school many thousands of rands

With 1 600 cooked meals served to learners twice every day, Elethuthemba Combined School in Johannesburg South spends a staggering R70 000 a year on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) just for cooking. From 2020, that money will no longer go up in smoke. Instead, it will be spent on desperately needed learning resources and school maintenance, according to deputy headmaster Mr Muraga Sadiki.

With 1 600 cooked meals served to learners twice every day, Elethuthemba Combined School in Johannesburg South spends a staggering R70 000 a year on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) just for cooking. From 2020, that money will no longer go up in smoke. Instead, it will be spent on desperately needed learning resources and school maintenance, according to deputy headmaster Mr Muraga Sadiki.

This will be possible when the school, situated near the Jackson informal settlement where most of the 1 600 learners live, starts using biogas produced through a project led by Unisa’s Institute for Development of Energy for African Sustainability (IDEAS) and the Unisa chapter of the student organisation Engineers without Borders.

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