Light Shines on KZN Community

Solar-powered LED streetlighting donated to provide much needed lighting for communities at night

We are proud to have been involved in a project that made a positive impact on the youth of Hammarsdale and Marrianridge near Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Six solar-powered LED lighting units were donated to the community, providing much needed lighting at night.

BEKA Schréder and Imbizo Foundation, in collaboration with the Light Shines project, donated solar-powered luminaires to the communities of Hammarsdale and Marrianridge, located a few kilometres outside Durban. This project was initiated to support the new Eco-Hub which is being built by social entrepreneur Nkanyiso Madlala.

The solar-powered luminaires provide energy-efficient lighting for Halala Primary School, as well as the Imbizo Foundation’s Eco-Hub, which will host many kids of Hammarsdale and Marrianridge, who have no access to computers or 3D printers.

The idea behind the project came as a result of the great need and hunger in the community for innovation and community development. In this community, the public spaces do not have any exterior lighting and are therefore dark, which has led to high levels of crimes. With the solar-powered luminaires, visibility at night is increased, and a child-friendly environment for the community children as well as the neighbouring schools is created. 

We are pleased that this lighting installation has made a positive impact where the community feels safer at night. This co-lab project is yet another wonderful example of how South Africans can work together to make things better for all.

Meet Nkanyiso Madlala here, who spoke some words about this project.

We locally develop and manufacture energy-efficient LED lighting products, designed and suitable for local conditions. We are extremely proud to be associated with this very special project in bringing lighting to a community.

Hammarsdale and Marrianridge
South Africa


Imbizo Foundation