Basa Magogo cooking in South Africa

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In South Africa about one million people use coal to heat their homes and prepare meals. Coal combustion causes an estimated 4.3 million tonnes of CO₂ annually by the people in the townships.

The Basa Magogo project is a locally integrated project where residents of townships learn another technique to ignite coal, causing the fire to burn from top to bottom instead of bottom to top. The technique Basa Magogo means 'Light it up, Granny!' in Zulu and leads to a more efficient and cleaner combustion.

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Sustainable development goals

The total impact of the project


co2 reduction

X thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced



X thousand households cook more efficient



tonnes coal saved

The project in detail

The NOVA Institute has been the local partner of FairClimateFund since 2009 for the implementation of the Basa Magogo project. Local households use over a third less coal and that amounts to around €35 per household per year. In addition, there is extra time for money-generating activities because women cook much faster using Basa Magogo instead of the traditional method. Additional time for economic activities, and savings in health costs are more difficult to quantify, but based on several well-documented surveys it is estimated to be at least 10 times more than the coal savings

Since the conventional way is wide spread a comprehensive programme of small group demonstrations, surveys, monitoring and maintenance needs to take place.

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