In a joint venture between camera manufacturer Canon South Africa and non-profit organisation Segametsi Hope SA, the two have joined forces to provide the communities of Orange Farm, Khatorus and New Jerusalem with solar power.
Forming part of the Lighting Rural Africa Project, Canon sponsored R250 000 worth of solar lighting units, which will see solar lighting solution installed into three million households in Africa in a staggered installation approach.
“South Africa is blessed with abundant sunshine which is a clean, unlimited and free source of energy. Through this programme we can help needy households harness the sun’s energy to power the lights in their homes, while cutting down on their energy costs,” said Canon SA’s marketing manager, Michelle Janse van Vuuren in a press statement.
But this is only the second step in the project, as 58 solar lighting units have already been installed in the previously-disadvantaged households of Vosloorus and Thokoza. The aim is to reach as many households as possible with further funding from the Department of Trade and Industry.
“Solar power is a viable and environmentally-friendly alternative to electricity and other energy sources like paraffin. A small solar unit like the ones we have sponsored deliver on the internal and external lighting requirements of RDP homes and informal houses, providing reliable lighting that is far safer than candles and paraffin lamps,” concludes Janse van Vuuren.[Source – Canon]