Solar Power In Schoolbags Is Changing Lives For South African Children
Kamogelo Tsopodi-Malinga is one of many school children living in impoverished communities around South Africa affected by power cuts and rising electricity costs. Africa’s most developed economy is currently facing its worst electricity crisis since 2008. Communities there are being subjected to frequent controlled blackoutsimplemented by South African utilities facility Eskom “to prevent the grid from collapsing.” One of the most unfortunate consequences of these blackouts is that children have been unable to do their homework when they get home from school.
This is why Rea Ngwane co-founded “Repurposed Schoolbags,” a company manufacturing a backpack technology that serves multiple purposes. The bags have built-in solar technology that charges as the student walks to and from school, they reduce waste and pollution because they are made out of recycled plastic bags, and they have a retro-reflective quality so that children are more visible on their walk to school near busy roads.