Innovator taking steps to light up our rural world

Xolisa Phillip

BUSINESSMAN Nikolas Jankovich wants to light up the rural Eastern Cape – and he means that literally.

The 50-year-old renewable energy innovator is involved in what could be the province’s answer to South Africa’s electricity troubles – a renewable street light called the “Twerly”.

In 2012, Jankovich had a chance meeting with two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) academics at an environmental expo in East London.

The three got talking and struck up a professional friendship. The academics had developed a dualenergy street light but were looking for someone who would take the product to the market.


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