Panasonic Donates Solar Lanterns to Communities in South Africa …

(MENAFN – Mid-East.Info So) uth Africa: Continuing its efforts to provide a better life for people living in areas without electricity in South Africa, Panasonic, in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, donated 1,500 lanterns Panasonic solar power to people living in remote areas with power shortages this year.

The community outreach program that strengthens the brand’s commitment to improving lives in developing societies is part of the brand’s 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns project. Launched in Myanmar in 2013, Panasonic has so far donated more than 100,000 solar lanterns to 30 countries in Asia and Africa.

In keeping with the brand motto “Better Life, Better World”, Panasonic proactively used the company’s core technologies and products to implement the 100,000 Solar Lantern Project. The company continued to operate despite delivery interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We believe in creating sustainable and healthy societies. These smokeless solar lanterns that light up using the sun’s energy, we believe, will bring good health, improve living standards, and save fuel cost in this time of pandemic, which has left many people in a financial and health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic also underscores the importance of reaching out to communities in need to help them overcome the challenges of the times, ”commented Hiroyuki Shibutani, Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa FZE.

As a brand committed to creating a better life for everyone, we are grateful and happy to partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to provide solar lanterns to communities in need, ”he added.

A country-by-country assessment of the sub-Saharan Africa region by the International Energy Agency in 2019 showed that the number of people without access to electricity is 770 million, or nearly 75% of the population. . Kerosene lamps are used in these areas for lighting, but their smoke poses a health hazard and puts people at risk of fire. With most children learning and spending their time at home during the pandemic, solar lanterns should help them learn safely. Women’s groups engage in activities that generate income, improve their lives, in addition to helping create a sustainable society by reducing the economic burden of purchasing fuel costs.

The donation ceremony, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, took place in three provinces – Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

“Solar lanterns symbolize change that brings good by helping to improve living standards and sustainability in African communities. We are extremely happy to continue our partnership with Panasonic as part of continued participation with a great brand to bring light and improve living conditions in non-electrified areas of South Africa ”, commented Yase Godlo, Director – Mandela Day & Special Projects, Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Project of 100,000 Panasonic solar lanterns

Panasonic firmly believes that businesses, as corporate citizens, have an obligation to society to promote human development, new opportunities and to eradicate poverty. That’s why Panasonic developed its 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns project, focused on improving the lives of people around the world.

The Panasonic solar lantern eliminates the health problems caused by black smoke and dim light from kerosene lamps. It avoids the need to give birth in the dark, provides medical care in the dark, and eliminates the worry of sudden fainting during surgery. The lantern can also charge devices and electrical goods, eliminating the need for children or parents to travel several miles to charge their phones. A significant benefit to the initiative’s community is that children can study better in bright light – and pursue and advance their dreams for the future. For low-income families, the high cost of kerosene lamps is a heavy burden. If these fuel costs can be saved, they can spend more money on education and use it in other ways to improve life.


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