Defy Appliances CEO Mustafa Soylu said this pioneering initiative positioned South Africa as a leader in the fight against climate change, with these products anticipated to be available to retailers by January 2024.
“Climate change necessitates a comprehensive transformation of the technologies utilized both at home and within the industry. South Africa is actively ensuring the production of future technologies and meeting the demand for lower-emission consumer products,” Patel added.
The new units, designed to operate exclusively on solar energy, will be equipped with an attached battery system, while remaining affordable to enable a broad consumer base to transition to green appliances.
Defy, as South Africa’s largest producer of home appliances, manufactures about 1.5-million appliances, including fridges, freezers, stoves, ovens, dryers and top-loader washing machines, locally every year. The group also exports products to 35 other African countries.
Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online