Refilwe Sebothoma Addresses South Africa’s Load Shedding Crisis with Hakem Energies


Refilwe Sebothoma, founder of Hakem Energies, is on a mission to revolutionise energy solutions amidst South Africa’s persistent load shedding challenges. Through Hakem Energies, Sebothoma is championing the use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), particularly in rural communities and townships, providing a safe and sustainable alternative to traditional fuel sources.

Inspired by her late grandmother, Mina Tabane, a resilient entrepreneur and pensioner, Sebothoma witnessed first-hand the struggles faced by many in accessing clean energy. Tabane’s daily routine of waking up at 3am to prepare fat cakes for sale and provide for her family highlighted the harsh realities of relying on wood or cow dung for fuel, leading to health hazards and safety concerns.

Hakem Energies invests in education and awareness of gas cylinder usage, aiming to empower communities and mitigate the risks associated with traditional fuel sources,” said Sebothoma during the official launch of Hakem Energies on 16 February 2024, in Rustenburg. As an authorised distributor of Oryx Energies, Sebothoma’s endeavour has garnered praise from industry leaders, including Oryx Energies’ Managing Director, Pam Indurjeeth, who commended Sebothoma’s determination and vision.

Gadibolae Dihlabi, Managing Director of LPG South Africa, emphasised Sebothoma’s commitment to community development and women’s empowerment through her strategic approach to introducing LPG solutions. The launch event witnessed unanimous applause for Sebothoma’s dedication to improving the lives of ordinary citizens and addressing pressing societal issues.

With safety and education at the forefront, Hakem Energies plans to roll out extensive community outreach and activation programmes to educate the public on the proper handling and usage of gas cylinders. This initiative aims to mitigate accidents and fatalities associated with gas usage, while providing a reliable, clean, and affordable energy source, especially as South Africa braces for the winter months and the challenges of load shedding persist.

Hakem Energies pilot store officially opened by visionary leader Refilwe Sebothoma – seen here with her family and mentors Oryx Gas SA & LPGSA
Oryx Energies‘ Managing Director, Pam Indurjeeth
Managing Director of LPG South Africa, Gadibolae Dihlabi