Meet Nita, she is 26 years old and lives in Du Noon township in the Western Cape. Everyday Nita crosses the dangerous N7 highway with little Sipho on her back to get some firewood. Despite the fact that Du Noon is riddled with 'borrowed' electricity - open wires hanging over many - her primary source of energy is still wood. The family of 5 sleeps next to a paraffin stove in the winter to keep warm, completely aware of the risk of fire and smoke inhalation but helpless and ignorant to alternative energy solutions.

" I see the rich people drive through everyday, the city is around us and yet we still don't have lights ..."

 

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Rural Africa does not mean remote. It is around us and

low income groups cook over an open fire using wood,

charcoal,crop waste or even animal dung.

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This has a devastating effect on human health. Exposure to extremely high levels of pollutants emitted by these fires are reported the WHO (world health organisation) and other international researchers to cause premature deaths of more that 1,5 million people per year - women and young children being most affected.

Millions of South Africans rely on wood for cooking food and heating their homes. In many areas the supply of wood is not keeping up with demand. As a result, wood collectors have to walk longer distances to meet their daily wood needs. An alternative energy supply needs to be provided and tree- growing schemes need to be promoted in rural areas where wood is in short supply.

Energy is essential to meet humanities most basic needs, from cooking to heating to boiling water to providing transportation. At Bulgaz we believe that by switching to cleaner energy resources South African's have the potential to directly impact the lives of millions and advance the well being of whole communities.

Call us, write or email us (info@bulgaz.co.za)and help us to make a difference.