What we do

HESASA focusses on the safety and quality of all household energy sources, technologies and appliances, as well as on the scrutiny of energy resource supply chains and the regulation of household energy appliances.

In addition, it plays a crucial role in the provision of training and awareness-raising campaigns across the country, and is a key resource in terms of its surveillance, collation and management of evidence-based information and knowledge on matters relating to household energy sources, the use thereof, and associated challenges and hazards.

Finally, HESASA – by means of its lobbying and advocacy activities – play a central role in the development and implementation of a national household energy safety policy in South Africa.

Target Groups: We focus on the following target groups

We work with rural and urban communities and household energy consumers across South Africa. Key audiences include children, the elderly and burn victims/survivors.

HESASA focusses on the following

  1. Research on household energy safety

    As an evidence based organisation, we conduct research on household energy, with a particular focus on safety. We want to be a clearing of information on energy safety. This research is conducted in communities and at hospitals about energy related incidents, energy consumer behaviour and on household energy appliances.

  2. Educate on household energy safety

    We embark on educational and awareness raising campaigns on preventing household energy related incidents. This is done in schools, communities and through the media. We do door-to-door work in communities, workshops and training seminars on household energy safety.

  3. Advocate for energy safety policy

    We engage with the government, parliament and other organisations to advocate for the establishment and implementation of an Integrated Household Energy Safety policy in South Africa. We also advocate for the inclusion of household energy safety into schools curriculum.

Strategy Map

Our Strategic Themes

Strategic theme 1: Build a successful organisation by establishing HESASA as a visible, financially stable, effective, credible, respected and well-run organisation.

Strategic theme 2: Provide excellent service to ensure that HESASA is trusted to give credible, evidence-based information, quality education and training services, and informed input on policy, regulations and standards.

Strategic theme 3: Establish partnership excellence, so HESASA is known for its partnerships, which will help dramatically extend and deepen the reach of its mission.

Objectives and activities

HESASA will focus on the following immediate objectives:

  1. Advocate for the development and implementation of an integrated household energy safety policy.
  2. Ensure consumers are well-informed and prioritise safe household energy use.
  3. Monitor and ensure all South African household energy carrier systems (transport, storage and appliances) meet world-class safety standards

Interventions

HESASA has identified interventions based on its key objectives:

  1. Mainstream the integrated approach to household energy safety by enhancing capacity within the organisation to carry out and mobilise support for the new mandate.
  2. Strengthen the promotion of household energy safety by lobbying for product and appliance safety, implementing our revised household energy safety education model, developing new safety promotion materials, conducting household energy safety training and implementing community campaigns.
  3. Advocate for appropriate household energy safety policy, legislation and enforcement by targeting relevant institutions and councils, as well as the gatekeepers of household energy safety in government. A realistic household energy policy will be drafted for consultation.
  4. Diversify funding sources by retaining old funders, recruiting new ones and identifying alternative funding streams.
  5. Develop a phased approach to expand HESASA’s reach in the southern African region.
  6. Conduct the relevant research needed to follow an evidence-based approach to intervention and accelerate the expansion of the GIS-based South African National Household Energy Surveillance System, which was developed in 2006 to understand the nature, occurrence and frequency of energy-related morbidity and mortality in South Africa.
  7. Strengthen community ownership of household energy safety through an area-specific intervention model, as well as setting up community-based household energy safety structures or organisations.

 Projects

  1. Annual Winter Campaign on household energy safety starting from June – September
  2. Annual Summer Campaign on household energy safety starting from December – February
  3. Specific Communities Education and Engagement Project – ongoing throughout the year
  4. Schools Awareness Project – ongoing throughout the year