Affordable solar geysers for farm workers

With 40% to 60% of all household energy-use spent on water heating, conventional geysers are unaffordable for many South Africans.

Affordable solar geysers for farm workers
The ShackShower is easy to install, especially in areas where there is a lack of infrastructure.
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Solar geysers, meanwhile, are often unavailable to some as they have to be installed where running water is available.

The ShackShower has been specifically developed with lack of infrastructure and poor housing structures in mind.

It’s mounted on the northern side of a house. It is then filled with water and provides hot water hours later. At only R700 the geyser pays for itself in three to five months.

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The ShackShower can be installed in half an hour, without any tools, and there’s no plumbing, pipes or taps that can break.

The geyser can be adjusted to specific heats. It can also be installed inside homes to store potable water, as the plastic is certified for water for human consumption. With a lifetime of five years and longer it can survive all weather conditions.

The ShackShower weighs 3kg. With a package size of 500mm x 500mm x 70mm it’s easy to transport. It’s wholly manufactured in South Africa, and about 15% of its material is sourced from recycled goods.

* Contact Johan van Wyk at 082 211 1001 or [email protected]. Website:

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Gerhard Uys grew up as a real city lad, but spends his free time hiking and visiting family farms. He learnt the journalism trade as a freelance writer and photographer in the lifestyle industry, but having decided that he will be a cattle farmer by the age of 45 he now indulges his passion for farming by writing about agriculture. He feels Farmer’s Weekly is a platform for both developed and emerging farmers to learn additional farming skills and therefore takes the job of relaying practical information seriously.