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Posted by on in Theatre in a Jar

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Summer holidays have arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. There's plenty of warm rays and golden beams of sunshine to bottle in a Consol Solar Jar. It's time to hang out with family and friends in the midst of laughter and relaxation.

Suntoy wishes you a sunny festive season and a prosperous new year. Let there be light! Happy holidays!

Please note: Suntoy is closed from 13 December 2013 until 13 January 2014 for our annual summer vacation. 
 
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Posted by on in Suntoy Team
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"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Nelson Mandela
 
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's charisma, intelligence and wisdom inspired beyond boundaries. His courage, ability to forgive and continued hope touched us all. As proud South Africans, we pay tribute to our greatest son and father. His star shall always twinkle brightly and continue to inspire generations to come. Hamba Kahle nTaTa. Siyabonga Madiba.
 
"The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement." - Nelson Mandela
"No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn." - His Day is Done by Dr. Maya Angelou 
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Posted by on in Consol Solar Jar
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Melkterts, koeksisters and Consol Solar Jars were the highlights of a get-together in Jozi recently. A group of friends gathered for an authentically South African eve of culinary delights. With a power outage that left their home in darkness, the hosts were rescued by a dozen Consol Solar Jars scattered amongst the yummy eats.
 
All the guests raved about the solar light source along with the warm atmosphere it created - despite having no electricity. Everyone wanted a Consol Solar Jar of their own!
 
Wether your preference is a braai of steak and pap or a dish of mogodu, with a little imagination any party planner can bring solar light to dinner. A versatile theatre in a jar is sure to inspire fresh ideas for table decor. The Consol Solar Jar is made in South Africa and we're truely proud of that.
 
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Posted by on in Suntoy Team

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The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. Suntoy has the greatest bunch of individual stars - from the factory assemblers to the global resellers. Our commitment to Suntoy has made our young company prosper in just three years. A profitable, planet-friendly and proudly South African business.

As the 400 000th Consol Solar Jar emerged, Team Suntoy attained a goal beyond any initial dream. When the very first solar light was prototyped, nobody imagined the amazing journey this savvy solar product would take. 

Suntoy is about the stories this made-in-SA solar light inspires and the committed team that makes it shine.

Cheers to all our team players! Cheers to Consol for believing in us! Cheers to the jam jar that's caused a solar stir! Cheers to all our customers that have escalated demand! Here's to a well earned celebration!

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Posted by on in Outreach

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A visit to South Africa's game reserves is incomplete without spotting the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros. Yet, with a surge in rhino poaching leading to possible extinction, South Africa could be left with just the Big Four. That's not a sunny outcome. 

Intent on protecting the rhino, we learnt of an initiative to fundraise for RhinoSA - lead by a group of savvy 12 year olds. Suntoy donated 50 Consol Solar Jars to these scholars and they sold them at their school. They made a donation to RhinoSA at their Enviro Assembly in front of the National Geographic film crew. There is a huge demand for the Consol Solar Jar at their school now, so Suntoy is donating more jars to these budding fundraisers.

Their teacher, Mr Hansen, emailed us: "I would like to thank the children for their participation and congratulate them on their contribution to save the South African rhino. I applaud their innovative thinking and practical approach. I would also like to express my gratitude to their parents, who have awakened in them a sense of responsibility for their environment and the animals and people in it."

Well done Gaby, Chanel, Alex, Nina, Kirsten, Courtney, Klara and Katrina! Suntoy looks forward to you selling more solar lights to save the rhino. What would South Africa be with only the Big Four? Let's make sure it stays the Big Five!

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Posted by on in Theatre in a Jar
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With a dollop of scintillating spookiness and a dash of scary horror, our theatre-in-a-jar has got a tad gory. A haunted fantastical creature of Hallows' Eve is centre stage squirming in the solar spotlight - intent on deflecting any ray of golden sunshine. A wonderfully warped and deviant character, he resembles a Tim Burton creation. Macabre mixed with a pinch of quirkiness. 
 
We, the lighthearted Suntoy team, tend not to even flinch at mischievous tricks by eerie beings. Not in this tribe of Mr Burton fans. Daring us to share our stash of yummy candy treats ain't a problem - we're sweet enough... said with a deliciously snide chuckle!
 
Carving pumpkins into lanterns with flickering candle lights doesn't measure up to the ghoulish fun our Consol Solar Jars offer!
 
This is the first Halloween celebration for our Consol Solar Jar. At Suntoy, any reason to coax a humorous tongue-in-cheek smile is reason enough for us to get creative. So, trick or treat anyone?
 
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Posted by on in Consol Solar Jar

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The Consol Solar Jar is now offered for purchase on amazon in Germany amazon.deUnited Kingdom amazon.co.uk and France amazon.fr. Harald Schulz evaluates its impact:

The Consol Solar Jar is known as the Sonnenglas in Germany and is shining on European markets. The important thing to note on the amazon.de page is the customer reviews. It has the most customer reviews - or should we say customer applause - than any competitor product. Currently, out of 74 reviews, 72 give it five stars.

The recurring themes in the customer reviews are (translated from German):

  • Easy to use/operate
  • Light not too bright, not too dim, romantic/beautiful
  • Practical, versatile, good runtime, good quality, waterproof
  • Easy to decorate (seasons, weddings, birthdays etc), decorative object
  • Great gift
  • Never fails to delight, best idea in a long time
  • Used indoors/outdoors
  • More expensive than others though money well spent
  • “Made in South Africa!” 

The only two non-five star reviews were:

  • A German tourist who experienced the jar in Namibia (at Namib Desert Lodge) but battled to find it in Germany and eventually bought one on amazon via Sonnenglas. He gave it four stars and was awaiting delivery.
  • One consumer complained that no automatic on/off or day/night switch was integrated. 

“We could not wish for better! On behalf of the Suntoy team, thanks to all involved. You make us proud!” – Harald Schulz, Suntoy Technical and Managing Director, Johannesburg 

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Posted by on in Consol Solar Jar
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Intent on crossing land and sea, our first freight container - packed with 5 940 Consol Solar Jars - has commenced its long-distance journey. Sonnenglas and European resellers in Germany, Spain and France await. Our solar lights have also reached Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
 
Our team has spent the last year ensuring all factors pertaining to international trade and worldwide distribution are in place. Export packaging was tested; labelling, documentation and insurance finalised; an international freight forwarder was appointed and a network of global resellers established. Additional factory staff were hired and trained to meet the upscaling need.
 
As the exporter, Suntoy is excitedly tracking this shipment. We're proud to design and manufacture a South African solar product that's lighting up the world. A significant milestone for our team and worthy cause for celebration.
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Posted by on in Suntoy Team
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With thirty years experience in electronic and hydraulic engineering, Harald Schulz started Suntoy while tinkering in his home garage. Implicit in this startup formula is his passion for renewable energy. Over the last three years, Harald has thrived on the challenge of building a successful SMME despite its setbacks, long hours and financial risk. One that is now exporting solar lights worldwide.
 
The ultimate challenge for Harald, following his successful design and prototyping of the Consol Solar Jar, was not to mass produce a cheaper product in China. The better solution was to partner with Consol, invest in a product that is proudly South African and meet the needs for alternative energy resources and job creation.
 
For this entrepreneur, it’s not only about finding a scalable and profitable way to best design, manufacture and market a solar light. It's about passion. He braved Kilimanjaro on a mission to test solar products at high altitudes and extreme temperatures. For Harald, it ultimately encompasses promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle and a green economy.
 
Affectionately known as Mr Sunshine, Harald's enthusiasm for all things solar is contagious at the Suntoy factory where 40 people now work. Previously unskilled and unemployed, the factory staff are hired, trained and motivated to be solar enthusiasts. Every Suntoy employee believes that the solar powered products they assemble are enriching lives - their own and their communities. Their SunFans and SunCars are teaching youngsters to discover, value and think solar. Their Consol Solar Jars are bringing light to living off-grid without electricity.
 
Suntoy started small and is gradually growing. Harald is building a global distribution network that permits Suntoy to sustainably manufacture the Consol Solar Jar.
 
Harald knows current comfort is short lived. As the Suntoy Technical and Managing Director, he is hands on, accessible and aware that he has to continue opening new avenues. A one product wonder does not make for a sustainable business plan. So, Harald's back at his tinker table, his zone of fiddling and fascination. There's no rest for an impact entrepreneur strategically pondering the next step for Suntoy.
 
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Posted by on in Consol Solar Jar

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For any business, recognition is of importance in thanking staff, suppliers and customers. Here's a wow-worthy idea that does just that.

Imprinting your corporate logo on our Consol Solar Jar creates a branded gift that’s both functional and eco-friendly. It’s an innovative choice portraying thought and care for a green economy while supporting a locally manufactured South African product. There’s no better way to show commitment to the environment than by the gifts you choose to give.

Suntoy can sandblast your company logo onto the glass jar. We prefer to receive a vector file (.eps or .ai) or a high-resolution jpeg. Our art department assists with artwork. Orders are accepted in quantities per carton, each carton containing 12 Consol Solar Jars.

Please email for the price list: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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