• Multi Purpose Center

    Nicely painted and decorated building


EcoSUN Green Villages

MPC building and EcoSUN typical technologies of German origin under construction

After some delay due to COVID-19 pandemia the construction of the Multipurpose Centre is progressing and will be finished soon. Recently solar panels were established by SOLIEN company on the roof that will supply the whole system with power at 10 kW. The panels are from internal RSA solar power market. Furthermore a solar-air system supplied by German Grammer-Solar company was installed that allows ventilation of the building and improved room climate. Solar geysers will collect solar energy for heating water and supply users with warm water. All technical equipment of German project partners were sent and arrived at project site, stored safely at nearby premises. INTEWA grey water plant will be erected by specialists of a South African partnering company that will enable re-use after biological cleaning of used water for toilet flushing. The tap water station delivered by German project partner EVERS is ready for installation. It will provide 5 kl per day of purified water for human consumption. It will be the decision of the community to deliver this for personal usage of Ekuphumleni people free of charge, or selling it at moderate prices to establish a business opportunity for income generation or helping refinance the operational costs of the EcoSUN green village installations.

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From earth work (left)  to concrete reinforcement preparation (centre) and  nearly completed building (right)

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Details of solar equipment: PV cells and hot air collectors on roof (left) and hot air piping system (under roof, right)




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RDP Settlement Ekuphumleni - Ndlambe Municipalty

Ekuphumleni is a settlement Nlambe Local Muncipality

More than 100 RDP houses are already built. The central green area is a designated Public Place and is therefore favoured for the Community Centre.
Up to 7 houses foreseen for EcoSUN piloting, will be built around the Community Centre.
Around the Community Centre a vibrant place for the locals is established, including a Market place. Existing communal facilities such as a children‘s playing ground become part of the Centre.
The CC could be supplemented by another public building for example a library or fitness centre etc.
A centre for Ekuphumleni could be created.
The EcoSUN Green Village demonstration site is easily approached by visitors due to its position close to the main road.
The new EcoSUN technology in the CC could be demonstrated not only to the residents but also to visitors passing in cars or trucks.
An Internet Cafe or a gym established in the Community Centre will attract guests and offer chances for income generation and re-financing of maintenance costs.
Jobs could be created

urban planning concept - Ekuphumleni - Kenton on Sea

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Ekuphumleni RDP Houses build in 2015 to 2017
in front the area for the VCommunity Centre

The DST decided to create individual houses for rent. The houses have 60m2 to 80m2 and build on the modules of the new RDP houses.
In the ground plan, the house is shifted, as well the roof. This creates a higher roof and a lower roof. So daylight falls into the higher part of the building into the living room. The sky window is also for vetilation in summer and it also used for the air heating system in winter.
The solar panels are east-west or north-oriented.
Rainwater is collected in tons on each side of the roof.

EcoSUN houses:
modular design system of individually social houses for rent

individual house 1
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
kitchen with dining and
living room
gross area: 70 m2
 individual house 2
3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms,
kitchen with dining and
living room
gross area: 60 m2 
individual house 3
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
kitchen with dining and
living room
gross area: 70 m2  
 individual house 4
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
kitchen with dining and
living room
gross area: 80 m2 

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street view of new RDP houses

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street view of new RDP houses with extensions

Community Centre


  • The community centre has 252m2 of usable space. It can be extended later. It depends on the needs of the community and the money they will have.
  • The EcoSUN technology components are considered an attraction and are therefore placed visible from the entrance.
  • Skylights will provide daylight in the foyer and the Internet Cafe.
  • Foyer walls can be used as for exhibitions or educational poster presentations.
  • Roof structure design is as simple as possible and considers the needs of solar modules, e.g. slope and direction
  • Desire by the community: Internetcafe, Office, Meeting room and a Gym with changing room, toiletts and showers for 15 people 


  • Light and transparent building
  • Simple construction: wooden or steel trusses rest on columns
  • Cladding by coloured transparent plates


Roof section detail

EcoSUN Green Villages RDP Settlement Ekuphumleni - Ndlambe Municipalty download