Mbawula to save lives

2015-12-10 06:00
 Mbele Social Concepts founder Sibongile Mbele demonstrates how the mbawula stove is used.  PHOTO: Mmboniseni Maseko

Mbele Social Concepts founder Sibongile Mbele demonstrates how the mbawula stove is used. PHOTO: Mmboniseni Maseko

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In a bid to curb shack fires and introduce alternative low cost cooking appliances, a new age mbawula has been introduced in Khayelitsha.

Last Thursday the Tshisa Mbawula initiative was launched amid much fun-fare and anticipated relief for the locals of TR Section.

This mbawula stove boasts benefits such as non spillage of coals or wood when it falls to the side, thus preventing fire spreading into the household. It only needs a few brisket coals which have been specially manufactured to be biodegradable and can be used as fertilizer after its use in the fire.

Its manufactures claim that it does not release any toxic fumes and is more cost effective.

The event took place at the Blue Hall in Site C where the coal brazier was introduced for the first time to the public.

This initiative was brought about by Mbele Social Concepts, which is a local company that provides Information Technology education and training to less advantaged communities.

According to the company founder Sibongile Mbele, the idea was born after he noticed a need for the use of alternative resources.

“There are many shack fires in our townships and what better way to fight that than to introduce a a cooking instrument that not only is safe to use but is also cheaper to run.

The mbawula stove runs on coal which is cheaper than electricity and is safer because if the stove falls over it won’t start a fire,” said Mbele.

He said that the mbawula stove was even better because it was cheaper, costing around R600 for the package, which briquettes and tongs.

After conceiving this idea, Mbele said he knocked on the doors of different companies to fund the initiative and that has resulted in the donation of 10 stoves by an IT Company, CondorGreen Infotech to the residents of Site C.

Monica Manneveld, a spokesperson for the sponsors said: “The use of green energy is very important and we are very supportive of this initiative. The product has many advantages and safety is paramount for users,” she said.

Ndithini Tyhido, chair of the Khayelitsha KDF, also expressed support for the initiative. “We are very supportive of initiatives that not only alleviate poverty in our communities as well address safety. Shack fires continue to be a serious problem,” hesaid.

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