Spray washer’s water saving way

2018-02-22 06:01
Khayelitsha’s waterless car was is hoping to make a difference. Simphiwe Louw, Vuko Skosana, Zuko Hlanganyani, Sandile Mdletye, Siphe Booi and Thembalenkosi Madyaka. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Khayelitsha’s waterless car was is hoping to make a difference. Simphiwe Louw, Vuko Skosana, Zuko Hlanganyani, Sandile Mdletye, Siphe Booi and Thembalenkosi Madyaka. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It has taken a group of six youngsters to try and come up with a solution to try and fight off the water scarcity threatening the Cape.

The friends, from Khayelitsha, insist that their water based chemical, which they spray on clients cars, and emits a foamy liquid, in the answer to our water woes, when it comes to maintaining our treasured mode of transport. They run a car wash business called Raw Impact Eco Car Wash, which is in Phatha Close in Harare. The running concern was founded by Siphe Booi,27, Simphiwe Louw,29, and Sandile Mdletye, 33.

They are adamant that they are on point with their waterless car wash undertaking as part of the contribution to fighting drought in the region.

They use far less water as they just spray the wax on the body of the vehicle and wipe off the dirt after a few minutes.

They started operating in January and say their business has picked up.

“When we started, we wanted to introducer customers to this new product ... We know that there are benefits to this kind of washing and even though it’s a bit expensive, we have return customers,” said Booi.

Louw is confident that their good service as well as the social responsibility gives them the edge.

“If the current car washes paid for their water their price wouldn’t be as low as it is now.

The other benefit is that a car we wash can last up to two weeks because of the special detergent we use,” he said.

Booi said they received start-up funding from the National Youth Development Agency(NYDA), the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading(VPUU) and its Business Activator project for the operation.

“We received a decent start-up-grant from the NYDA which helped us buy equipment and the chemicals,” he said.

The grant required them to furnish the agency with quotes for their material needed which was three water spraying machines, two vacuum machines as well as the wax and other cleaning materials such as cloths and tyre shine.

“We haven’t started paying salaries yet according to our plans we will be abled to reach meet the minimum wage requirements in a few months,” said Booi.

He said that they are currently using distributing phamphlets in the area and will source funding for their marketing.

“We are also looking into getting a permanent facility to wash the cars as well as an office space.

But we will do these when the time permits, right now we want the business to break even.” he added.

Eco Car wash can be contacted on their Facebook page and on 0608529557.

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