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South African eco-street lights for India

9 March 2009

Former cricket greats Clive Rice and Kapil Dev have signed an agreement for the exclusive Indian manufacturing and marketing an energy-efficient street light developed and manufactured in South Africa.

Rice heads up South African company Envirolight, which markets the street lights manufactured by parent company Metair Limited. Dev's specialist sports lighting company, Dev Musco, will market the Envirolight through a separate firm, Berget Buildcon.

The deal was struck at the 2009 International Engineering and Technology Fair at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center in February.

Present at the signing were South African Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, Indian Minister of Small Scale Industries and Sericulture P. Venkataramanappa, and respresentatives of the International Marketing Council of South Africa.

According to Business Standard, Dev's company will import Envirolight's street lights and sell them to state-run corporations and municipalities across the country, while looking to set up a manufacturing plant in India in the next two years.

"India is facing a severe shortage of electricity and the country needs high-quality lighting in view of the current security scenario, especially after the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year," Dev told Business Standard. "As sodium vapor lamps do not give clear view of the objects, our streets need bright compact fluorescent (CFC) lamps under which you can identify a person even in a moving car."

Envirolight's product uses a high-power compact fluorescent lamp, electronic control gear and purpose-designed reflector to ensure that all light is directed towards the required target area.

"Unlike traditional and sodium vapor lamps, which consume about 70-80 watts of energy, our 57-watt street lights use only 54 watts because of an electronic ballast, which allows for about 70% energy saving," Rice told Business Standard.

According to Envirolight, the light also provides "instant re-strike after power failures or voltage dips, full cut-off features, and has a light source of high quality with a colour rendering index of 82."

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Former cricketing greats Clive Rice and Kapil Dev sign a deal at the 2009 International Engineering and Technology Fair in India (Photo: International Marketing Council of South Africa)

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