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Monday, April 21, 2014


(“O-lite, a lamp created by Sinegugu Sosibo. A student at DUT (Durban University of Technology) in 2010, she was a regional finalist in the student category (from KZN).)

Deadline: August 15, 2014.

Designers are invited to enter the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition with R200,000 worth of prize money.

The competition offers a two-fold opportunity:

- For one, Eskom invites high school learners, students and professional designers to think outside the box and submit imaginative lamp designs that not only work, but that are also pleasing to the eye. As the name of the competition implies, it is of major importance that all designs make use of energy-efficient light sources.

- Secondly, professional designers are also invited to submit innovative energy-efficient designs, systems or products that are suitable for residential applications. These may include, for example, a complete lighting system that caters for a low-cost housing development. Once again, the key word is energy-efficiency.

The theme of this year’s competition is Celebrate 20 years of democracy! The closing date is August 15, 2014.

-Category A: Residential Luminaire Design (Students) First prize: R30,000 Second prize: R20,000 Third prize: R10,000 Educational institution prize money: R10,000 Top regional finalists (6): Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled) Total prize value: R85,000

Category B: Innovative Energy Efficient Lighting Design (Professional) Prize money: First prize R40,000. Top regional finalists (6): R5,000 each. Total prize money: R70,000

Category C: Most Promising Young Designer (Learners) Prize money: Most Promising Designer (Individual): R10,000 Top regional finalists (6): Lenovo 7” Android tablet (wifi and 3G enabled) Educational institution prize money: R10,000 Total prize value: R35,000

Special Award: Most Promising PDI designer (Individual) Prize money: Most Promising PDI Designer (Individual): R10,000 Total prize money: R1, 000

Full details available at or from the competition organisers on 021 949 7419 / 083 293 2848 or e-mail at