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In order to flourish in our current South African economy, creative brand leadership is imperative for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) such as Suntoy. An innovative business model with strong social responsibilities drives our brand.

Being a manufacturer, we don’t have a direct link to the end-user as our resellers do. To create awareness, our brand building and cultural movement strategies have had to spark interest unconventionally by engaging content ideas through storytelling. At Suntoy, we've introduced our team, our values and culture, the context of our products, our significance as a vehicle for education, job creation and renewable energy solutions through the telling of stories. Our stories tell more than an online product catalogue ever could.

With each tale told, our brand is further established. Our blog not only holds our stories, but the experiences of our customers too. Stories have strengthened our tribe, furthered our reach and enabled us to build a smart, authentic and valued brand with prospective future forecasts beyond the products we assemble. Our customers continue to purchase our brand and buy our story - not just our product. That's essential to Suntoy's livelihood.

Three challenging yet exciting years of strategic thought have enhanced our brand equity. With this solid grounding firmly established, our brand is credibly differentiated and experienced. Suntoy, the sunniest team of solar enthusiasts, is ready to launch our next chapter. Keep your eyes peeled. That's what having fun in the South African sun is all about!

 

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Tourists visiting South Africa often return home to global destinations with beaded wire artefacts: from tiny mementoes, such as key rings, to tall sculptures of giraffes. Wire and bead artisans, creating in various gauges and colours with few tools but their own hands, are common sightings on our Jozi street corners. They may have good sales one month and none the next. Income varies, yet many tenaciously continue, their need for a job pushing them to become entrepreneurs.

One such wire artist stands out from the rest. Maxwell Jaravazo is driven to create the extraordinary from a piece of wire and a handful of beads. His imagination spans beyond the Melville street corner where he used to trade from. Max crafts magic within his hands. For many years, Harald Schulz passed him on the street and they struck up a friendship. When the very first Consol Solar Jar needed a wire handle and bracing, Max was Harald’s first choice as fellow designer. Together, they made the prototype in January 2011 while sitting on the pavement of 7th Street in Melville.

As demand grew, Suntoy grew… and so did Max. Suntoy permanently employed him three years ago. As a significant member of our team, he has job security and a steady monthly income. He was promoted to Factory Supervisor and now trains and overseas a team of 12 fellow wire artisans. These men are now all under one roof from multiple street corners across our city. That's job creation, the South African way.

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Suntoy advocates for responsible social and environmental standards in the manufacture of all our products. Our team has adopted goals similar to Fair Trade ideals to insure honorable working conditions and promote sustainability within our company. We are transparent about the working conditions of all our employees and promote respect and meaningful dialogue.

The Consol Solar Jar is a responsibly and fairly produced solar light handmade in our factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. Suntoy employs 44 adult South Africans from the Alexandra and Soweto townships in Gauteng. They have been trained in photovoltaic theory with overall skills upliftment. As a team they have made, to date, ¾ of a million units (750k).

We thereby promote greater equity in our international trading partnership with Sonnenglas, our European distributor. Sonnenglas is supportive of the jobs created in South Africa.

As a joint venture with Consol, Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices are Suntoy’s focuses. Our team has made a conscious decision to adopt Common Shared Value, a philosophy that has made our company culture fair.

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This March marks two years since the first export crate of Consol Solar Jars journeyed to our partners, Sonnenglas, in Europe. Our South African handmade product embarked on an epic travel adventure. From snowy Berlin to the sunny beaches of Mallorca, the Consol Solar Jar has lit multiple experiences with renewable energy: birthdays, camping trips, barbeques and weddings.

We’re glad our solar light has pride of place with customers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Croatia and Greece. Wow! That’s an accomplished expedition for a tiny three-year-old product from the southern tip of Africa.

The Consol Solar Jar has won many European friends and fans and is truly well travelled considering it has also climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, dived 20m deep at Sodwana Bay and partied across Jozi.

With a clink of our glasses and a huge cheer, the Suntoy and Sonnenglas teams celebrate its two-year travel-versary! Here’s to bottled South African sunshine! Bottles Up!

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JoburgToday.TV visited Suntoy to discover how the Consol Solar Jar is made by us Joburgers. We’re very proud of our supervisors, Florina and Maxwell, and their first interviews on camera. Both began working at Suntoy as assemblers, progressed to supervisors and are now leading Suntoy brand ambassadors.

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Watch the JoburgToday factory interview with Florina and Max:

 

Watch the JoburgToday studio interview with Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director:

"The Consol Solar Jar is lighting up entire communities. From the social development aspect, it's empowering people with jobs." - Zizipho Ndevu, JoburgToday presenter.

"By visiting the factory and looking at the process of how the Consol Solar Jar is made, I have a lot of respect for the people behind the production." - Boitomelo Kwena, JoburgToday producer and journalist.

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eNCA visited Suntoy with the intention of showcasing an alternative light source to use during power outages. Load-shedding is leaving us all in the dark and the Consol Solar Jar offers a viable off-grid alternative.

Watch Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director, being interviewed.

 

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With due dates pending, three mum-to-be's were showered with love at a party in our Suntoy factory. One of the biggest life events is the birth of a baby. Imagine our excitement when we learnt that the Suntoy team had not one, but three special deliveries in store from expectant mamas: Yvonne, Phumla and Keneilwe. Three bundles of joy: Little Miss Sunshines.

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All the Suntoy ladies planned the party while keeping 'mum' about the surprise. They transformed the wire assembly area into a party space with pink baby-themed decorations. Fun and a little naughty, the games elicited loads of giggles. Everyone enjoyed the yummy grub. It was a true team effort.

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Even Harald donned a skirt in order to be invited! After much laughter, he was sent to his office. He couldn't fool us ladies with his disguise. Perhaps, if he'd added a pair of high heels and a dollop of red lipstick, he may have been allowed to stay ;-). 

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We await the arrival of our new little team members. We wish all our mamas a joyful and sunny maternity leave!

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Please note: this blog post has been censored. Baby bumps and a mischievous sisterhood resulted in photos not fit for website consumption. 

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We're moving to our new abode! An existing building is being revamped and spruced up, the eco-friendly way, in anticipation of us relocating in September. We look forward to welcoming you to our new Suntoy home at 27A Baldwin Street, Village Deep, Gauteng, South Africa (next door Amalgamated Insulations).

Our postal address has also changed: P O Box 38770, Booysens, Gauteng 2016, South Africa
Please note our phone number remains the same: +27 087 754 4060

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This story commences a year ago when two inquisitive German guys, on holiday in Cape Town, spotted the Consol Solar Jar and fell head-over-heals in love with it. Curious about the source of this South African made product, these two intrepid detectives did some investigating, hopped on a flight to Jozi and walked into the Suntoy factory in Selby, Johannesburg. Stefan Neubig, a young start-up entrepreneur and photographer, and Heiner Klaus, a music publisher and editor, glanced around and excitedly stated that they were keen to export the Consol Solar Jar to Germany. And just like that - with passion, trust and wholehearted conviction - Sonnenglas was born.

Introductory chats turned into long-distance meetings as exports increased from pallets to containers. With the consent of Consol, a successful entrepreneurial partnership has been solidified between Suntoy and Sonnenglas. Now, on their second visit to the Suntoy abode, Sonnenglas has been appointed the European distributor of the Consol Solar Jar.

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“For us, it is important to visit and meet the people who are manufacturing the Consol Solar Jar. We discovered that Suntoy is more of a welcoming and collaborative family than a regular factory. In Europe, the aspect of fair trade is very important.” ~ Heiner Klaus, Sonnenglas

“It’s rare to find an object or product which is so beautiful, simple and functional. We’re really proud to be part of the team and will do our best to make this South African success story a global one.” ~ Stefan Neubig, Sonnenglas

How many sunshiners can we fit into a selfie - just like Ellen's famous Oscar self-portrait? Good question! The more the sunnier… and we know how to spread that sunshine!

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Yvonne Cossa was one of our first factory employees. She initially joined the Suntoy team as a product assembler. Yvonne had no previous knowledge of solar technology or photovoltaic applications yet she learnt quickly and was promoted to factory supervisor of which there are five.
 
Yvonne's drive, determination and tenacity shone along with her leadership skills. She is now Chief Supervisor in the factory with 43 assemblers. She manages production runs, controls quality and meets orders on time. She is currently studying part-time for a certificate in Operations Management at the University of Witwatersrand.
 
Yvonne is excelling at her 'queen bee' role in her sunny chiefdom!
 
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