Man Uses About KSh 10k Savings to Innovate Cooler Box that Lights Up, Keeping Booze Cold at Groove

  • Zolani Brown is an aspiring innovator who came to the rescue of his community during the December load shedding
  • Brown transformed a cooler box that has a window and is powered by solar electricity to light up the party when power outages strike
  • The father of two dropped out of college to pursue his passion as an innovator and hopes to create the next multi-million device
  • Brown said the cooler box was manufactured with a combination of both new and recycled materials

Imagine you are listening to your music while sipping your favorite drink during this festive season and then boom… load shedding!

Zolani Brown is not going to let loadshedding ruin his, or anyone else’s festive season. Photo: Supplied.
Source: UGC

Zolani Joseph Brown and his friends were victims of buzzkill power outages in South Africa.

Driven by his love for innovation and desire to enjoy the groove, Brown came up with a ‘cool’ idea to rescue December.

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A cooler box is a staple during December in South Africa. But, Brown’s invention is cooler than the others.

The 41-year-old man from Benoni spent R1,300 (about Ksh 10,000) to design a cooler box that has built-in lights powered by a solar panel.

He added a window to the cooler box so that partiers can keep an eye on their booze stock while enjoying the groove.

Brown said the design already stole the heart of his local community, but he has big hopes for it to become a hit in the SA market.

The father of two came up with the idea when he and his friends were out partying in December last year and loadshedding was implemented.

He explained they got into an argument when they mistakenly took the wrong cooler box because no one could see a thing.

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The incident had Brown brainstorming ideas on how to help people enjoy December even when Eskom tries to be a party.

“My friends, and I suffered when loadshedding began while we were having fun in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, by that time, our cell phones were running out of batteries and we couldn’t see each other as a result of the darkness.

“The outcome was a total blunder where we had a quarrel because of a misidentified cooler box. After that incident, I realized I had to come up with a cooler box that has a light and charges the phones.”

Brown always had an interest in innovation, but he almost took a different path.

The father of two enrolled in a different course at the Benoni FET college, but he dropped out because he couldn’t afford it.

His financial woes were a blessing in disguise because the man realized he didn’t like the field he chose.

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Brown revealed he grew up in an underprivileged home in the township of Daveyton.

The 41-year-old added that he often wished for a better environment for himself and his four siblings.

Brown dreamed of growing his business so that he can employ people and fight unemployment.

The man said he is unemployed and hopes to make money while doing what he loves.

Zolani Brown, Cooler box, Loadshedding, Groove
The cooler box is powered by solar panels and has a window to see the stock left while partying. Photo: Supplied.
Source: UGC

Loadshedding is causing havoc in the South African economy

Brown’s idea for an invention was fueled by the ongoing power outages in the country.

Nando’s, Wimpy, Mugg & Bean, Steers, Debonairs and other big restaurants are experiencing serious supply issues related to loadshedding.

Famous Brands which own many of the abovementioned big restaurants said short deliveries of chicken from producers are a major issue.

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