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City puts spotlight on local green small businesses at Africa Energy Indaba<p>The gathering is also co-sponsored by the City. <br></p><p>'The Africa Energy Indaba is an ideal opportunity for the City government to once again show tangible support for regional small businesses who are doing big things in an extremely important industry. Being at this conference is an opportunity for these organisations to meet investors and financiers, hear discussions from industry experts and network with others across the energy industry ecosystem,' said Alderman James Vos, the Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth.<br></p><p>The eight businesses are:<br></p><ul><li><strong>The GreenCab</strong> is an e-hailing app wherein women owner-drivers operate electric vehicles. GreenCab has worked at high profile engagements such as the WEF Africa.</li><li><strong>Everletric</strong> is a company that packages global e-vehicles, charging infrastructure and innovative solutions to reduce the hurdles to adopting a cleaner and more efficient future. </li><li><strong>Silence SA </strong>specialises in eco-friendly mobility solutions. The company facilitates a 50% increase in driver disposable income, promoting financial independence while prioritising environmental consciousness. </li><li><strong>WeStore</strong> is building Africa's first energy storage leasing platform. They are a full-stack energy storage system developer with a focus on the commercial, industrial, agricultural and mini-grid energy storage segments. The platform will allow the public to buy energy storage capacity assets through a cryptocurrency crowd sale. They can then use this to generate income from the asset that is contracted long-term to commercial customers. This aims to break the high-cost barrier for energy storage systems and accelerate the use of solar plus storage systems through hybrid battery and thermal storage technology.</li><li><strong>ReHeat</strong> is the creator of solar photovoltaic heating systems that connect directly to heating appliances, allowing users to immediately start saving on energy costs. </li><li><strong>Plentify</strong> enables cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy. This is done via HotBot, a load management platform that connects home appliances to virtual power plants to intelligently shift demand away from peak times and towards times when renewable energy is most available, saving users and utilities money.</li><li><strong>Flx EV</strong> is introducing e-minibus taxis to South Africa. The e-taxis will be supplied via a financial model that is affordable and scalable. Flx EV is also developing charging facilities in taxi ranks to optimise vehicle performance.</li><li><strong>GreenRiders</strong> is disrupting last-mile delivery in Southern Africa by replacing petrol and diesel motorbikes with e-bikes and e-motorbikes that are customised for Africa. They aim to train 50 000 unemployed South Africans to become professional delivery riders.</li></ul><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /></figure></span>'Realising the potential for economic and employment opportunities within Cape Town's high-growth sectors is one of my biggest priorities. There is no question that the green economy is one such sector and the City is proud to play our role in boosting local businesses in finding and creating those opportunities,' said Alderman Vos. <br><p><br></p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2024-03-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c3f8c7fd-6d3c-4cc2-b004-3b691e273465;L0|#0c3f8c7fd-6d3c-4cc2-b004-3b691e273465|Economic activity1Media Office, City of Cape Town0

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