Impilo Yabantu Services (IYS) is a company based in East London, South Africa, that operates as a social franchising business. Our services are VIP toilet emptying, water and sanitation infrastructure repairs. Our previous clients have been Irish Aide and the African Development Bank, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Water Research Commission (WRC), Eastern Cape Department of Education and local municipalities.

IY franchisees are active in the communities providing sanitation O&M services to schools and households. We have learnt over the past decade that these services need to be offered as a package whereby village wide education and awareness is accompanied by the services and products necessary to support the sanitation needs of these communities.

Our goal is the establish service level agreements with municipalities to process a waste biomass into a profit generating exercise. Our efforts are to work hand in hand with local authorities to realise tha...
Impilo Yabantu Services (IYS) is a company based in East London, South Africa, that operates as a social franchising business. Our services are VIP toilet emptying, water and sanitation infrastructure repairs. Our previous clients have been Irish Aide and the African Development Bank, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Water Research Commission (WRC), Eastern Cape Department of Education and local municipalities.

IY franchisees are active in the communities providing sanitation O&M services to schools and households. We have learnt over the past decade that these services need to be offered as a package whereby village wide education and awareness is accompanied by the services and products necessary to support the sanitation needs of these communities.

Our goal is the establish service level agreements with municipalities to process a waste biomass into a profit generating exercise. Our efforts are to work hand in hand with local authorities to realise that there is value in recycling and reuse of faecal sludge. Our goal is also embedded in our quest to grow small businesses.

Our latest, and probably most ambitious initiative was born out of one of our R&D projects, and that is recycling of human excrement to produce bio-char through pyrolysis.

Due to the thermal character of the technology it can successfully destroy the pathogens found in human excreta and produce a charred product that has the following additional benefits for agricultural soils,

•Biochar (soil conditioner) can support agricultural sustainability, food security and livelihoods for resource-poor farmers in Africa and beyond.
•Use of char is not only for soil enrichment but also for the contribution as a carbon sink and its value in carbon sequestration
•Benefit in capturing NPK –particularly Phosphorous and Nitrogen found in faecal biochar.
•Large surface area of char’s physical characteristic is conducive to nutrient retention in the soil.
•Biochar with a high pH can be useful in soil conditioning to reduce lime addition.
•Destruction of pathogenic contamination including helminth eggs etc.
•Transformation of Faecal Sludge from a hazardous waste to a safe and beneficial product for use in the communities where it is sourced.
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Employees

Kobus Venter
Admin
Phil Kanise
Admin
Phil Kanise General Manager I am a Civil Engineering professional with 14 years of working experience. I have worked in both the public and private sector.

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The Water Research Commission (WRC) has funded Impilo Yabantu Services through various research projects aimed at evaluating and piloting the Social Franchising concept for water and sanitation services. The projects have been successful and have led to an extension of basic services in rural and peri-urban areas. In the latest iteration of the social franchising project, over 90000 students were supplied with clean ablution facilities & faecal sludge was collected from latrines & converted into biochar, a potential fuel source or soil amendment. The conventional method is landfill disposal which is challenging in rural and peri-urban areas and can be located at far distance from the site of operations. Valorization of faecal sludge into biochar using pyrolysis results in carbon sequestration and disinfection of pathogens. The system used can be easily set-up and operated and be implemented as part of mobile set-up that undertakes sludge emptying and valorization in scattered locations