Handigas, Africa’s leading brand of LPG, is now available to Afrox Zambia customers for use as an easily portable fuel for cooking, heating, lighting and much more. Sylvester Ngoma, Afrox Zambia managing director, said: “We are proud to be able to offer Handigas LPG to the Zambian domestic and hospitality markets. Handigas is the most popular brand of LPG in southern Africa and it is now available in Zambia thanks to our parent company African Oxygen Limited.”
African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) introduced liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to South Africa in the 1950s when it imported LPG in cylinders from the UK, and today the company is the leading supplier of LPG in sub-Saharan Africa. Branded Handigas, it is the largest selling brand of LPG in southern Africa, with the largest distribution network and stockpile of cylinders in the region.
What is LPG?
LPG is a fossil fuel closely linked to oil. Globally, about three quarters of the LPG used is extracted directly from the earth in the same way as ordinary natural gas. The rest is manufactured indirectly from crude oil. Producing less CO2, LPG is a clean, convenient and versatile fuel used for heating and cooking, in agricultural, commercial, domestic and leisure applications, and is ideal in areas where there is no electricity. Handigas is delivered to customers in bulk or in several sizes of cylinders, depending on customer requirements.
Safety precautions when cooking with LPG
Afrox incorporates safety into every aspect of its activities and safety of its customers is of utmost importance, reflected by the company’s credo ‘Safety is 100% of our behaviour, 100% of the time.’ When cooking with LPG, Afrox recommends the following safety precautions:
- Keep windows open to ventilate your kitchen
- Do not place flammable or plastic items near the flame
- Turn pan handles away from the flame
- Never leave your cooking unattended. The liquid in your cooking pot could overflow and extinguish the burners, causing gas to leak.
- Always keep the LPG valve / regulator switched off when your gas stove / oven is not in use, especially at night and when going on a holiday
- Always store the LPG cylinder in an upright position and away from other combustible and flammable materials
- Check for gas leaks regularly by applying soap solution on cylinder joints. The appearance of soap bubbles indicates leak points. Do not use open flame to detect leaks
- Make sure all parts of the installation are in good condition. If you should find anything wrong with any part, contact your distributor immediately and ask for assistance.
Founded in 1927, African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) is sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products. The company operates in South Africa and in 11 other African countries, including Zambia. As a member of the world-leading gases and engineering company The Linde Group; Afrox’s businesses operate according to a regional structure, with global reporting lines, as set by The Linde Group. This operating system provides the businesses best operating practices by which to benchmark Afrox against peers around the world, allowing all the companies within The Linde Group to have access to worldwide generated research and development.
As the largest gases and welding products manufacturer and supplier in Africa, Afrox touches people’s lives every day in almost every way. Afrox’s gases and products are used in everything from the production of iron and steel to the manufacture of motor vehicles and high quality industrial ceramics. Afrox’s gases are used for freezing and chilling, food preparation, in fire extinguishers and water purification, as deodorant and insecticide propellants, in refrigerators, air-conditioning systems, in most restaurants, pubs and hotels, and even for inflating balloons.
Virtually every piece of metal worked in southern Africa is either welded, brazed or cut using Afrox electrodes, wires, gas cutting equipment and machines.