The student’s company is working with skilled contractors from the Mpumalanga province.


Nkosinathi Nkomo, a third-year civil engineering student at the University of Cape Town has formed a company that aims to reduce the amount of water people use at home and work.

Nkomo was unable to register at UCT in 2017 due to a lack of funds, so, he decided to apply some of his practical knowledge in order to find a solution to the Cape water crisis.

He went on to develop a greywater system which could be used in South African homes and places of businesses.

His company, AquaRenu, was formed with three other friends assisting him.

Sesethu Mazangazanga, a fourth-year civil engineering student, is the project manager; Njabule Gule, who is working and studying business part- time, is responsible for operations; and Monica Masetola, a final-year student at Vega, does branding and marketing for the company.

AquaRenu and Nkomo intend to become a nationally recognised brand and have their products a standard feature in typical South African homes.

Project manager Mazangazanga revealed that the company have a clear goal to expand in†the future.

The students are working on a design that utilises rainwater and greywater as primary sources of water for irrigation and toilet flushing for large properties such as schools and complexes.

This design, coupled with their old greywater unit would reduce consumption by up to 80% per month.

The company is working with contractors in Mpumalanga and have been installing their greywater units in some schools in the area.

So far, AquaRenuís clients have been homeowners in both Cape Town and Joburg.

These young students deserve a round of applause from all South Africans.

(by Nic Andersen)

First published here

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