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All for Africa Foundation

The All for Africa Foundation exists to uplift communities, empower women and ultimately transform society, while maintaining environmental sustainability. This is achieved by:

-       Strategic community upliftment
-       Women Empowerment
-       Capacity Building of all ages
-       Implementation of Environmental Good Practice and Renewable Energy Solutions
-       Enterprise Development

Date of Establishment:

01-Feb, 2010

Purpose of Organization:

A Civil Society Organization focusing on Community Transformation, Promoting Gender Equality & Sustainable Empowerment of Women

GEF/SGP involvement:

Name of project: Dr BW Vilakazi Renewable Energy Demonstration Project
Duration of project: 1 year

Name of project: A Demonstration Project Developing the Capacities of Rural Women to Operate Decentralized Solar Electrification
Duration of project: 2 years


Our main areas of involvement have been in the areas of Climate Change, Climate Smart Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Community Development. We have planned and implemented projects in rural KwaZulu-Natal and Barberton, Mpumalanga (For more information, please see attached the Report on Activities).

AFAF was appointed by The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), to do the following at the Dr BW Vilakazi Junior School in Grouteville, KwaZulu-Natal:
?       Design a Solar PV demonstration system in collaboration with the school, DEA and UNIDO, suitable for practical use as well as for teaching purposes.
?       Procure and fit the Solar PV components and all the associated appliances into the new building.
?       Install a Biogas Digester in collaboration with the school’s feeding scheme, suitable for practical use as well as for teaching purposes.
?       Commission and train the teachers and technical support staff on the use and maintenance of the systems.

AFAF provided:
?       All the Solar PV equipment (PV Panels, Controllers, Batteries, etc.) required for the Off Grid system and to be used for demonstration and teaching purposes.
?       All the necessary appliances (fridge/freezer, laptops, lights, LED TV, DSTV, DVD player) to be used for demonstration and teaching purposes.
?       Solar trainer kits to be used for training of the learners.
?       Biogas digester to use the waste from the schools feeding scheme (kitchen) to produce gas which will offset the schools LPG usage and will also be used for demonstration and teaching purposes.
?       Training material for use by the teachers.
?       Training of the teachers.

Project outcomes:
?       The school further increased its overall carbon footprint.
?       Over 1000 learners were trained and exposed to the area of renewable energy and green living. This was both from the areas of the training centre, as well as the Biogas digester.
?       Previously wasted food preparation off cuts, were now being combined with the school’s sewage water, to produce gas for cooking. Wastage was being mineralised and overall costs were being reduced.

AFAF has also recently completed the above-mentioned SGP demonstration project at the Sinqobile Township and Fairview Primary School in Barberton, Mpumalanga.

The objectives of this project were to:
?       Impact as many women and youth as possible;
?       Stretch the GEF/SGP funding as far as possible in order to achieve the maximum impact for the intended beneficiaries;
?       Change the behaviour and increase the adoption of solar products in the rural areas (our research indicated that there were several cultural barriers to the adoption of solar products, this had caused the failure of several previous projects);
?       Develop the entrepreneurial capacities of the women in order to ensure sustainability of the program. In this case A4A wanted to use the grant funding as seed capital to procure product that could act as an launch pad for the new SMME’s.
?       Develop a business model for rural solar entrepreneurs that would be applicable in South Africa. An additional challenge was to ensure that the seed capital and products would be re-invested to purchase ongoing product;
?       And finally, to change the behaviour of the learners regarding energy consumption and utilisation.

The outcomes of this project (relevant to this application) were as follows:
?       Through this project, the behaviour of 970 learners, a significant number of community members, 22 teachers and another 20 highly-placed individuals, from the greater Gauteng region, has been forever altered on the subject of solar energy, environmental good practice and green living.
?       A working model for rural solar entrepreneurship has been developed.
?       A supply chain and product distribution system has been developed. This is with a long term view, to eventually manufacture these solar products locally.
?       The futures of 86 learners (no of lamps handed out at competitions and events), have been forever altered, for the better. In our current climate where education is key, the homework and further studying of these learners will never again be affected by power outages, lack of electricity or the unreliability of kerosene lamps.
?       Every one of the 22 teachers currently working at the school have been involved in at least one area of this project. They have been involved in the entrepreneurship teams, the solar training or, at the very least, the administration of the school solar light competition. As a result, they have been challenged, increased in their knowledge and are now more equipped in the area of solar energy and entrepreneurship.
?       The lessons learnt and knowledge gained, concerning rural solar electrification can be utilised on future projects.
?       Products that work within rural and low-income contexts have been identified, tested and found to be reliable.
?       The entrepreneurial and solar energy training content, developed for this project, can be further utilised and used to benefit other projects.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • South Africa

Contact Details
Street Address:
2nd Floor, Building C
Ballyoaks Office Park
Ballyclare Drive
Bryanston Ext. 7,

Zip Code:
South Africa
Telephone No.:
0027-0-83 321 0090
Fax Phone:
0027-0-86 553 8489
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Climate Change
  • Land Degradation
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Regional

  • Contact Person
    Mr Ryan Jooste Key Contact Person

    Contact Person
    Mr Thabiso Masigo Key Contact Person
    Associate Director

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