Electronics company, Panasonic, has taken the initiative to provide solar-powered lanterns to communities in need. In South Africa, a number of our outlying communities have benefited as recipients which propelled us to investigate and share the details and good news. At the time of writing this article, over 1 500 lanterns have been distributed to three registered non-profit organisations (NPOs).
The NGOs behave as dispatch teams, essentially, and ensure that the lanterns are delivered to families in need. Previously, we covered a similar effort by a young South African entrepreneur who displayed determination to rule out kerosene lamps for learners in informal settlements. Panasonic understands the plight of families depending on fossil fuels for heat and light and also sought to make a positive difference.
Of course the solar lamps eliminate the most critical fire hazard, especially in homes where young children are often alone until late at night when parents return from work. The added benefit is that now smoke emissions are also eliminated, thanks to solar lamps, and respiratory ailments will see a reduction in prevalence in relevant communities. There really is no downside to the solar devices, which actually last longer than traditional electronic battery-operated lamps.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) hosted a handover ceremony on 27 March 2017 to commemorate the progress being made for the affected communities. The ceremony was attended by South African Government Officials and Parliamentarians as well as Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Shigeyuki Hiroki.
We believe this initiative, along with others like that of Luke Mostert, can only make a positive impact for our communities. If you feel inspired to help contribute to the progress of South Africa, get in touch with us to learn more about other opportunities. Don’t forget to head over to our Facebook page and add it to your favourites for regular inspiration in your feed.