Sivuyile Pezulu is the founder and managing director of iNdalo Water Technologies, a water and wastewater engineering company that specialises in chemical-free treatment solutions. The company treats wastewater on site into reusable grey water. The use of grey water leads to a water bill reduction of up to 30% for its clients. iNdalo also specialises in industrial water treatment, where it removes minerals that cause scaling, corrosion and fouling. “Our ambitious vision as a company is to reduce freshwater usage in Africa by 50%, while accelerating access to clean drinking water,” Pezulu says.
Pezulu grew up in Flagstaff along the Wild Coast and had no access to piped water at home, relying on nearby streams for water. “My mother, a qualified teacher, was able to erect a water tank to harvest rainwater,” he says. “For most of my childhood, my brothers and I would take a wheelbarrow and 2.25-litre drums to fill at the river after school. Today, my childhood experience adds context and passion to the problem we are solving as a company.”
Pezulu is also a member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa, where he served as the chair of its Gauteng young water professionals division. “Our mandate was to promote the water sector, to equip young water professionals with leadership skills and opportunities, and to be an active voice in influencing conversations about water.”
He’s a strong believer that access to clean water makes for thriving communities: “Businesses can be established, communities are healthier and productivity, as well as leisure, increases as less time is dedicated to fetching water. If I’d had the choice as a boy, I can think of many things I would rather have done than spending an hour or two in the afternoon fetching water from the river.”
“Businesses can be established, communities are healthier and productivity, as well as leisure, increases as less time is dedicated to fetching water.”