⚠️ WARNING: SUNSMART SOLARBAY HELLOSOLAR HEATSMART SUN SMART SOLAR - SCAM ALERT ⚠️

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Public service announcement - Solar industry SCAM

This is a public service announcement by victims of Jonathan Clive Stephenson & Themba Phillip Tsotetsi.

🔴 WARNING: Avoid sunsmart.co.za solarbay.co.za hellosolar.co.za heatsmart.co.za and any company associated with:

  • Jonathan Clive Stephenson (sometimes uses the name Grant Mansell)
    RSA ID: 810627 XXXX 08 4
  • Themba Phillip Tsotetsi
    RSA ID: 881104 XXXX 08 6
  • Wendy Stephenson
    RSA ID: 710316 XXXX 08 X

Eskom failure creates demand for Solar PV solutions

Due to corruption and incompetence, the South Africa national grid operator (Eskom) is failing and unable to provide a reliable electrical supply. To address a limited electrical supply, Eskom has:

  1. Implemented daily rotational blackouts to prevent a grid collapse caused by demand exceeding supply, aka Load Shedding.
    See MyBoadband Stage 8 Load Shedding warning
    See Wikipedia South African energy crisis
  2. Increased tariffs exponentially to recover lost revenue due to illegal connections, theft, corruption, increased staffing, etc.
    See PowerOptimal report Eskom tariff increases vs inflation since 1988

These two factors resulted in South African home owners purchasing Solar PV systems to overcome these two issues. Unscrupulous South African scammers have exploited the high consumer demand and set up fake web sites that offer Solar PV products and services. The websites are professionally setup and use fake “stock” photographs of installations, product photographs, reviews, promotions, SOE, etc to attract victims.

Solar Solutions offered

Products offered on sunsmart.co.za solarbay.co.za hellosolar.co.za heatsmart.co.za include:

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
  • Grid Tie Inverters
  • Hybrid Inverters
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Installation and commissioning of the equipment
  • Certified installation (Certificate of Compliance - CoC)

Upfront Deposits & Payments

Payments are upfront via Credit Card or ETF (Electronic Funds Transfer).
Once they have your payment, they fail to deliver your purchase.
Due to corruption and incompetence within the South Africal criminal justice system and high costs of litigation most victims are unable to recover their funds.

🔴 AVOID: sunsmart.co.za solarbay.co.za hellosolar.co.za heatsmart.co.za and any company associated with Jonathan Clive Stephenson, Themba Phillip or Wendy Stephenson.

Media reports

Social media & media reports related to Jonathan Clive Stephenson, Themba Phillip and Wendy Stephenson:

🔴 AVOID: Sunsmart Solarbay Hellosolar Heatsmart (South Africa)

Detailed information

Jonathan Clive Stephenson and Themba Phillip Tsotetsi have a number of scam companies registered
List of companies registered to Jonathan Clive Stephenson / Themba Phillip Tsotetsi
Jonathan Clive Stephenson has had at least two Sale In Execution of Judgement Orders granted against him
Sale In Execution of Judgement Orders
Detailed analysis of how, why and evolution of the Jonathan Clive Stephenson scam
How the Jonathan Clive Stephenson scam works
Public photos of Jonathan Clive Stephenson from social media
Public photos of Jonathan Clive Stephenson
South Africa Police SAPS cases opened against Jonathan Clive Stephenson
Police cases opened against Jonathan Clive Stephenson

If you have a tip off, suggestions, additional information please send an email to info@hello-solar.co.za