Mbaula Concepts is a South African based company and has set out to make a positive impact by replacing unhealthy and inefficient cooking methods with our locally manufactured, clean cooking stove, called the Mbaula Green.
In the beginning of 2013 Mbaula Concepts became proud members of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an United Nations alliance, set out to distribute and sell at least 100 million clean cooking stoves world-wide by 2020. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was established in order to replace inefficient and unhealthy cooking methods, reducing carbon footprint & improving the livelihoods of those most affected thereby.
Mbaula Concept’s contribution to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstovesstarts in the Western Cape. We have been very privileged to be selected as a flagship company of the 110% Green initiative, facilitated by the Western Cape Government, in order to further sustainable living by manufacturing, selling and distributing our Clean Cooking Stove, the Mbaula Green.
The Mbaula Green is an innovative design which uses minimal wood or charcoal or any other biomass to create high temperatures for cooking. It is equipped with a patent protected, unique ceramic liner which absorbs the heat from the burning wood or charcoal. Once the ceramic liner is hot, it enhances the heat of the stove, reducing the burning fuel required by up to 50%. As a result, the smoke emission is minimal, reducing smoke related illnesses and carbon footprint. The user’s burning fuel expenses are decreased significantly, a major relief during the current economic situation, and deforestation is curbed as less burning fuel is used.
The Mbaula Green’s environmental, health and economic benefits makes it an ideal cooking stove to replace expensive, dangerous and unhealthy cooking methods: Paraffin stoves that don’t meet basic safety measures of the South African Bureau of Standards' (SABS) have been a major cause for shack fires over the last five years. Furthermore, electric and gas cookers have, and are becoming very expensive methods of cooking. A 2012/2013 international electricity and natural gas report and price survey conducted by the NUS consulting group lists South Africa as having the highest natural gas prices compared to North America, Europe and Australasia. The survey indicates that local gas prices rocketed by 101.7% between 2012 and 2013. The NUS survey also indicates that South Africa has the 15th most expensive electricity out of the 18 countries surveyed, with further price increases awaiting us.
A recent seminar held by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have found that the air in Cape Town is among the most polluted in South Africa, with the most polluted areas being the city’s townships where inefficient wood burning for cooking and heating is common practice.
It is clear that urgent measures need to be taken in order to bring an economic, health and environmental relief to cooking related issues, making the Mbaula Green a very suitable, Green solution.