Paloma Annual Charity Walk for CHOC

For the 4th year in a row Paloma / HSG Distributors were one of the proud sponsors of the CHOC fundraising walk up and down, Sani Pass. A gruelling up and slippery down walk from the South African border to the Lesotho border in the Lesotho Maloti Mountains. However, your reward is the beautiful scenery and a drink at The Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho!

It’s only 8km each way but a hefty 905m elevation up to 2873m above sea-level! The walk takes place each year on the August Women’s Day Weekend.

This year, the weather was warm and sunny albeit quite windy. The Paloma Team set off at about 9am and took a brisk 2.5 hours to reach the top. At The Highest Pub in Africa a well deserved plate of chips was devoured, ready to tackle the walk back down. With the weather being so mild this August, there was absolutely no snow to see – a stark contrast to 2018 when cars had been snowed in for 3 days!

The downward trek was a bit slippery and after a few slides we made is safely down to the bottom for the donated Sani Round Tables refreshments.

The Founding of CHOC

CHOC was founded by Sadie Cutland and a  group of parents. When her daughter was diagnosed with a life threatening disease in 1977 she felt alone and isolated, with no support from anyone but her husband. But in 1979 she began parenting support groups to help families in similar situations, discuss their challenges and create a supportive community.  She also helped create a more child-friendly, less clinical ward at the haematology and oncology ward.

The name CHOC came about when support group members looked at the sign outside ward 294 at the Joburg Gen (now the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital) where Sadie worked as a night nurse. While there, she heard many stories of parents who were initially unable to stay overnight with their children nor find accommodation near the hospitals, while their children underwent treatment.

Can you imagine? Your child is staying in a strange hospital and you couldn’t even be close by when they needed you most? In 2000, the CHOC Foundation went national and have since opened 10 houses, 2 CHOC Lodges and a CHOC Cottage, where guardians and their children can be accommodated while children undergo treatment at nearby hospitals for as long as its required. Beyond this CHOC provides transport funds for children to return for treatment; grocery packs and vouchers for families in need; psycho social counselling and bereavement support.

The Annual CHOC walk takes place every Women’s Day weekend and if you’d like to say you ‘Walked Sani Pass’ and raise funds for CHOC in future years, please contact Agie Govender of CHOC KZN –  0312402917. Alternatively, you can look up to see if you can help in any other way.

References: Rosebank Killarney Gazette, Sarah Koning

Instagas also happened to be walking this year

Thinking of getting a Paloma Remote Controller?

Why do I need Paloma Remote Controller?

It just makes sense!

A Temperature Controller helps save you even more money, water and energy!

Your Paloma Gas Geyser is pre-set to a maximum temperature and this is the temperature your water will always reach. Should it stay at the factory setting of 60’C, you will always need to use additional cold water to ‘cool it down’. However the remote controller allows you to change the maximum temperature and in addition, the bath fill function allows you to have an additional maximum temperature, that maybe used in certain circumstances – like running  a bath for kids or restricting shower times.

How does Paloma’s remote controller save energy?

You can set the ‘bath fill’ temperature to an ambient temperature. When set at the ambient temperature the water is quickly heated up to that temperature and no time is wasted trying to adjust the hot and cold taps to reach the desired warmth.  The water is no ‘over-heated’ and then cooled again with the cold water.

How does Paloma’s remote controller save water?

By using the ‘bath fill’ function you can set how many litres a person should use when they shower or bath. Once this amount of water has been used, the deluxe controller will shut off the water supply, while the standard controller will beep to inform you – no more wasteful showers or large baths!

As the ambient water temperature is set by the controller – absolutely NO COLD water is required as the temperature is exactly right every time.

Should you use your bath fill function for showering or bathing, you can leave the everyday temperature slightly higher to be used in the kitchen, when warmer water is normally required. When this water is used it is usually in much smaller quantities so only a small amount of water and gas will be used!

Paloma Deluxe Controller Closed

A Paloma Temperature Controller can only be used by a Paloma Gas Geyser – either 1 per geyser or 1 per 2 of the same geysers joined by EZ-Link.

There are 4 types of controllers in South Africa 2 standard and 2 deluxe for bathroom or kitchen. These units can be bought to retrofit directly from our website or when purchasing your Paloma Geyser – make sure you ask your installer for one!

Bath FillYesYesYesYes
Voice PromptNoNoYesYes
Auto Hot Water Cut OffNoNoYesYes
Beep When FullYesYesYesYes
Max Temp Setting60’C50’C60’C50’C


New Gas Heaters for Winter 2012

HSG Distributors is excited to introduce a new high power, convection gas heater for winter 2012!

Manufactured by Paloma Industries Japan, the Paloma PJC-25FR boasts the highest rating energy efficiency available.  Using the latest burner technology, Paloma gas heaters give some of the lowest emission levels of any heater around the world.  The Paloma brand is the largest gas appliance manufacturer operating since 1911,  using the most advanced technologies to make the safest products, while protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint

The Paloma 25MJ/h portable convection heater will be available in 2 colours – off white and silver and comes with a range of safety features such as an anti-tilt safety switch, built-in flame and power failure devices, unattendance shut off valves, oxygen depletion safety systems and much more…

The units have been approved by the LP Gas Association under the LP Gas Safe Appliance Certification and are approved for use with LPG and Natural Gas in South Africa.

HSG expect the new gas heaters to be available in store, March 2012. For More details keep an eye on the website or contact