High above Tolip Street, a City Power employee repairs an overhead power-line cable after the theft of copper cables left Melville in darkness. On closer inspection, we realise that the technician is using a Consol Solar Jar to light up the entangled cable mess left behind by the thieves.
Another photo shows more City Power employees, outside Room With a View Guesthouse, replacing stolen copper cables with new aluminium cables which carry little recycling value and hopefully won’t be stolen.
“This job was made very difficult because they only had one torch amongst a team of six City Power technicians,” says Jacques Wallis, manager of Room With a View. He had been using Consol Solar Jars in his guest rooms, reception areas and on his walkways for over a year and promptly offered the City Power team these solar lights. The neighbourhood was elated to have their power restored at midnight - with thanks to City Power, Jacques and the Consol Solar Jar!
Who would have thought City Power, a close relative of Eskom, would find such an appropriate use for our Consol Solar Jars? Makes one think, doesn't it?