Shalton Mothwa is from Hammanskraal in Gauteng Province. His hobbies include reading technology & engineering magazines and auto biographies, watching documentaries, science fiction movies and listening to house music. He loves following soccer, Formula 1, cricket and rugby.
Shalton holds a BSc Electronics and Physics (2010) North West University (Mafikeng). BSc (Hons) Applied Nuclear Physics (2012), endorsed with project management and risk analysis, University of Johannesburg. DST-NRF Internship program (2013-2014), Nuclear Energy Cooperation of South Africa (NECSA).
One of the challenges facing South Africa, and the world, is to drastically reduce energy consumption, the cost of producing it and to use alternative sources of energy.
Epoch Microchips (Pty) Ltd. is currently developing a new type of energy efficient light. It is a LED hybrid lamp that is powered by a combination of solar energy, radio frequency energy (from telecommunications towers) and electricity from the grid.
The light consumes less than 65% of the energy of the light bulbs recently recommended by Eskom. The cover of the lamp is made of 85% recycled material, which makes it eco-friendly. It is powered remotely and wirelessly so remote rural areas and informal settlements will have access to lights.