Henry Wilkinson devised an unusual way of paying off his bad debts. By Jack Lundin
The man who introduced the waterless carwash to South Africa lives in access-controlled luxury on the upmarket Fourways Gardens lifestyle estate in Sandton, with its parks, dam, jungle gyms and gazebos. His favoured wheels: a white top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But how did Henry Wilkinson get there? And how solid is his revolutionary Eco Wash, when an estimated R25 million of its income has gone on paying creditors from his former failed money-lending enterprise?
Eco Wash, winner of the prestigious Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Award for Water Conservation in 2012, claims that top-end dealerships like Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and BMW rent its environmentally-friendly wash units (use one litre of water instead of the usual 200 litres). They’re also to be found at golf clubs, shopping malls and in hundreds of wash bays in Shell, Total and Caltex service stations across the land.