25/03/2014 - Press release

TOTAL South Africa launches solar lighting solutions in Cape Town – Awango by Total

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Total South Africa has taken a bold step into the future as an alternative energy solutions provider through the pilot launch of its first consumer-orientated range of portable solar products in 2013 and will continue the roll out to service stations across Cape Town in April 2014.

Awango by Total is an innovative range of portable lighting products each complete with its own mini self-sustaining solar panel. The innovative range of Awango lighting solutions provides a cost-effective, sustainable and safe way to light up your home. The portable products provide excellent lighting and cell-phone charging capacity to South Africans – especially those living in remote areas. While this is certainly a clear indication of Total’s foray into commercialising alternative energy, the Awango project has a very clear intention to uplift communities. It utilises a novel approach to its distribution that includes the training of unemployed South Africans who will be empowered to sell the products in their communities.

Total intends to roll out the product in Cape Town over the next four months. This follows the initial launch that took place in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal in November 2013.

While the Awango range can be used in a variety of ways due to the portability and safe-to-use nature of the products, there is a much bigger aim for Total, according to Total South Africa’s Managing Director Christian des Closières.