Lighting accounts for 19% of the world’s electricity consumption. This means that almost, a fifth of the world’s electricity is used for lighting which results in 1.9 billion tons of carbon emission every year. This emission is equivalent to 70% of the world’s vehicle’s carbon emission. This consumption can be reduced by switching to LED technology. LED technology is revolutionizing the energy efficiency of lighting. However, because this technology its fairly new, it faces barriers to adoption from a market that is unfamiliar with its benefits. Yet, this technology is infinitely scalable and reliable with a longer life span than any other type of lighting, making it crucial for companies like Grandstage Trading to introduce this technology to Africa.
The Problem of Inadequate Lighting in South Africa -In South Africa, numerous reports have been given about students studying under street lamps due to a lack of adequate electricity. In some areas, the problem of inadequate electricity is affecting the wellbeing of children in the way it is preventing them from studying, completing their homework in time, participating in extra mural activities and disallowing them from their right to an adequate learning environment. Furthermore, the lack of proper lighting has resulted in many underprivileged students relying on kerosene lamps and candle-stick lighting. This method is not effective as it is harmful to the eyes and has also been accounted as a cause for fires in many communities.
The issue of inadequate lighting is a cause for concern as the South African government recently acknowledged that lack of electricity in schools is a result of limited resources. The government notes that in KwaZulu-Natal about 343 schools do not have electricity and 187 in the Eastern Cape, 25 in the Free State and 13 and 3 in Mpumalanga and North West respectively. This results in students being subjected to poor learning conditions that deprive them from a safe and conducive learning environment. Moreover, in communities where these children stay, the problem of inadequate electricity has resulted in an increase in crime, an increase in vulnerability to electricity cable theft (izinyoka), rape in poor lit areas, devastating fires and an increase in high school drop outs.
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