- South African energy tech startup, Paygas is partnering with Afrox, a Leading LPG company to launch 52 pay-as-you-gas™ stations in the country.
- The collaboration will see many pay-as-you-gas™ stations installed around South Africa in the next 36 months.
- PayGas users residing in Delft, Cape Town, will now be able to buy a ‘Flash Voucher’ from any nearby spazashop (an informal convenience shop business in South Africa).
Cape Town-based energy tech startup PayGas is collaborating with the leading Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) company in South Africa, Afrox, to launch 52 pay-as-you-gas™ stations in townships across the country.
The collaboration will allow many pay-as-you-gas™ stations to be installed around the country in the next 36 months. Currently, the startup has rolled out a pilot version of the pay-as-you-gas™ station with Easigas (RUBIS Group) in Delft, Cape Town, serving over 6 800 low-income beneficiaries in the region.
Additionally, PayGas has recently opened two new stations in Nyanga and Philippi and will help control the Covid-19 pandemic within the townships. The founder and CEO of PayGas, Philippe Hoeblich, comments on the new alliance.
“With Afrox’s supply, support and expertise, we can now execute on an ambitious plan to roll out several PayGas stations catering to close to 200,000 customers across major townships in South Africa in the next 36 months. I founded PayGas in response to a gaping need for flexible affordable cooking energy for lower-income households in the urban area.”
Launched in June 2018, PayGas is pay-as-you-gas™ USSD electronic payment network coupled with a cashless refilling station and smartphone device, linked to a barcode on customer cylinders.
The company successfully developed a proprietary technology that separates gas transactions into smaller amounts, making the buying process more accessible and thus affordable to low-income households in South Africa.
With Eskom, South Africa’s Electricity Supply Commission, introducing load shedding during the country’s harsh winter months, PayGas’ stations can provide users with access to a cheap and secure source of LPG energy through cashless technology.
PayGas users residing in Delft, Cape Town, will now be able to buy a ‘Flash Voucher’ from any nearby spazashop (an informal convenience shop business in South Africa). Using the voucher, users can travel to the nearest pay-as-you-gas™ station and fill their tank with the PayGas app for as little as R10 ($0.5).
PayGas plans to launch stations in Gugulethu, Langa, and Kayamandi in August and September 2020. Johannesburg will receive three additional stations before December 2020 and two additional stations are in the pipeline to be implemented in Durban over 2021.
The energy tech startup intends to launch the stations in Gugulethu, Langa, and Kayamandi in In August and September 2020. J Johannesburg will receive three additional stations before December 2020 and two additional stations are in the pipeline to be implemented in Durban over 2021.
Due its revolutionary development model, and as a key player in renewable energy supply for the City of Cape Town, the company has bagged several major awards in the energy industry. PayGas won ENGIE ‘s Clean Cooking Challenge at AFRICARENA in November 2019.
In February 2020, PayGas received an award from WESGRO and CAP 40 in two categories, Smart Cities & Sustainability and Entrepreneur of the Year.