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INCREASED load shedding and endless electricity price hikes continues to haunt South Africa. A recent statement by the Democratic Alliance (DA) estimates that, since 2008, load shedding has cost the country R 300bn and 1 million jobs.

“The sad reality is that the current situation will get a lot worse, before we see any improvement,” says Ryan Steytler, energy expert and Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands). Involved in portable (solar) power, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands) are focused on providing viable and alternative solutions to the South African consumer. “Eighty years ago the concept of harnessing the sun’s energy hadn’t been imagined. Today, we are putting the sun’s energy in your pocket,” continues Steytler.

Its latest offering, Solsave, offers consumers a full range of alternative energy choices comprising both smaller and heavier portable off-grid power options. Its flagship offering, the Solsave my-powa, a solar power bank making use of the latest Sun Power Cell (SPC) technology, is able to quickly generate power with a world record efficiency panel.

A mere 10 hours of direct sunlight provides enough power to charge all essential devices including phone, tablet, camera, MP3 player, eReader, GPS, action cameras and smart watches. “But the real beauty is that for those who choose, Solsave’s my-powa can also be charged via a conventional wall plug (USB wall charger) for maximum convenience,” says Steytler.

Early 2014 saw the rollout of its ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign, focused on providing the country (and Africa) with reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy alternatives.  “The uptake and market interest was encouraging, with market response confirming the need for both smaller and heavier additional portable solutions,” continues Steytler.

In response, this year sees the launch of Solsave, a global brand with local roots.  Ranging from 1000 – 3000 Watt, it offers an answer to South Africa’s energy crisis across home, office, outdoor and emergency use. “South Africa is looking for solutions,” continues Steytler.  “Whilst we are passionate about portable solar power, consumers also want the comfort of something familiar.” In response, the Solsave range comes with both on- and off-grid capability.

Contrary to a few years ago, it is now commonplace for South Africans to consider and investigate alternative sources of power.  “This is a clear indication of the country’s energy crisis and lack of confidence in Eskom to supply uninterrupted and reliable power,” says Steytler.”What South Africa needs is greater access to independent (portable) power solutions that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, whilst capable of addressing any and all power requirements.”


This year sees the launch of two new products for heavier power requirements

As the need for alternative energy solutions continues, so too does the demand for products that are able to meet heavier power requirements. “Whilst our initial range, comprising of the WakaWaka and Ecoboxx products, has successfully provided local consumers with an alternative energy supply, market response has indicated the need to cater for increasingly heavier power requirements”, says Ryan Steytler, Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands).

As a result, this year sees the launch of two new products. Ideal for heavier multiple charging, light and medium plus AC power, the Ecoboxx 300 will keep your lights burning for as long as 11 consecutive nights, whilst charging your smart phone for no fewer than seven days. And these are only a few of its benefits.  Irrespective of your requirement, the Ecoboxx 300 provides a reliable power solution across all household and business needs.

Known as the ultimate all-in-one power machine, the Ecoboxx 600 is one step up from the Ecoboxx 300, complete with higher charging and greater AC power capacity.  As with the Ecoboxx 300, the Ecoboxx 600 is able to meet all general household and business power requirements from providing light in times of darkness, through to efficiently and effectively charging smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, stereos and other general household and business appliances.

These latest additions to its ever-growing portfolio of products enables The Sungrid Group to continue to provide sustainable, cost-effective and alternative solutions to the local consumer, allowing for peace of mind during power outages.


Empowering South Africa’s children through energy relief

I&IFORYOU, founded and led by Iris Freericks and Ianthe Smulders, has at its core the aim to reach out and make a difference. Their latest project, proudly sponsored by The Sungrid Group (In2Brands), sees Iris and Ianthe travelling throughout South Africa, from Eastern Cape via Kwazulu Natal to Johannesburg.  And their intention?  To help the people of South Africa realise greater self-sufficiency through the use of solar power, and to educate on how this source of renewable energy can greatly improve the lives of millions.

With a focus on providing lighting and power to schools and crèches in energy poor communities, the I&IFORYOU team will share with impoverished areas throughout South Africa the benefits of both The Sungrid Group’s WakaWaka and Solsave Portable Power solutions.

“We aim to reach out to people worldwide (you) by bundling our combined efforts (I and I), and helping in places where we believe we can actually make a difference,” says Iris and Ianthe.  With over 600 million people in Africa, 12 million in South Africa alone, having no access to power, portable (solar) power offers Africa the opportunity to generate its own energy supply and in that, transform millions of lives.

“We are excited and honoured to be part of this journey,” says Ryan Steytler, Director, The Sungrid Group.  “We wish Iris and Ianthe a safe and successful trip as they live our ethos of ‘empowering Africa’.

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