Plans are underway to roll-out innovative car wash equipment to about 100 informal car washes as part of boosting township economy and fighting drought.
The programme would be sponsored by the Gauteng department of economic development. The department stated that the car wash equipment would go a long way in saving water in the province- which is the least affected by the drought.
Last week, Gauteng MEC Lebogang Maile launched a pilot programme for the roll-out in Sebokeng, in the Vaal. The programme also saw 20 Eco-Wash machines distributed to 20 beneficiaries. Report says the pilot programme cost R1.5-million, with each equipment costing R70000.
However, Maile noted that further training would be conducted for more car wash entrepreneurs across the province on how to use the Eco-Wash machines before distributing them to beneficiaries.
Maile Speaks More The Car Wash Equipment
“Once the training programme is complete, Eco-Wash and Thandolwethu Investment will provide the identified car wash entrepreneurs with the equipment, product and consumables as well as visit each site at least once per month to ensure that all is in order.
Through the Eco-Wash initiative, the department seeks to save water meanwhile stimulating entrepreneurship, revitalizing township economies and addressing unemployment amongst the youth, in particular,” Maile said.
He added that the initiative was an attempt to formalize the numerous car wash enterprises in the Gauteng township so that they could be integrated into the formal economy.
Interestingly, Eco-Wash found that washing a car at home consumes between 360 and 630 litres of water while a commercial car wash consume between 180 and 270 litres and that Eco-Wash uses only 1 litre per car.
Eco-Wash machines contain biodegradable products, they are not necessarily connected to water or electricity supplies. Also, they effectively work all day without being refilled.