Energy efficiency winners display innovation

December 1st, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


For the past 25 years, the Eskom eta Awards have been recognising and rewarding excellence in energy efficiency. This year the standard of entries shows that energy efficiency and the green movement have entered the mainstream and make business sense. The awards encourage entries across a variety of spectrums, including the commercial, industrial, residential, innovation and youth sectors.

Entries were accepted in eight categories. The winner of each category received a cash prize of R30 000, and the runners-up received R5000 each. As usual the quality of entries didn’t disappoint, with some truly astonishing innovations being presented to the panel of judges. Dr. Steve Lennon, Eskom’s group executive for sustainability, said that he was very impressed by the entries which demonstrate that businesses, homeowners and young people are rising to the challenge of climate change with their innovative ideas.

The winners of the prestigious Eskom eta Awards were announced at the annual awards evening, held at the University of Johannesburg on 28 November 2014. These prestigious awards were initially established to create awareness and encourage action in the energy efficiency field. They have grown from strength to strength, and form part of Eskom’s drive to ensure a sustainable electricity supply for the future.

Impressive submissions this year ranged from a carbon monoxide ventilation system, to energy leadership programmes and individuals who survive off the grid.

Lennon said: “In South Africa we have always tackled problems head on and we have a wealth of skills and talent in a variety of areas. This combination is proving particular strong when tackling issues of energy efficiency.  More and more South Africans are looking for ways to save energy every year. From learners who want to make a difference at school, households who are cutting costs, and large companies are working hard to cut their expenses; at the Eskom eta Awards we applaud these people”.

Table 1: Eskom eta award winners.
Category Winners
Young designers (individual)

James Garisch for an innovative solar kit

Laenita Laubscher for an impressive fireplace heating system

Young designer (groups) Sun International for the installation of a solar geyser system in the staff premises
Residential Sun International for the installation of a solar geyser system in the staff premises
Commercial UGU Engineering Solutions for the energy efficiency system installed at Ackermans stores across the country
Industrial I&J and Energy partners for the overhaul at the I&J ice making plant
Innovation ERA Architects for a cutting-edge home installation
Energy savings in households

Emmett Green for reducing his energy consumption

Jay van Deventer for his net positive home

Energy efficiency awareness The Green Building Council of SA for its “My Green Home” TV series

Tongaview Primary School for its smoke-free kitchens

TSiBA Education for its institutionalisation of energy savings

Lennon said that Eskom’s role is to help to build a culture of energy efficiency, which is essential for the country’s future. He said that by working together with businesses, communities, civil society and individuals the utility can start to find solutions to the country’s energy challenges. The eta Awards strives to recognise more citizens who use electricity sparingly, and who can inspire others to do the same.

Contact Annamarie Murray, Eskom, Tel 011 800-2847,


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