(Johannesburg) – Since 2012, Panasonic Corporation has been working on the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, a project that aims to donate a total of 100 thousand solar lanterns to the world’s non-electrified areas by 2018, which is the centennial of Panasonic’s foundation.
As part of the effort, the company donated a total of 1,584 solar lanterns for the first time to three nonprofit organizations (NGOs) working in the three countries of the Republic of South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Kingdom of Lesotho. On the 27th March 2017, a donation ceremony was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.
The donation ceremony, held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa, was attended by government officials from the Republic of South Africa and Shigeyuki Hiroki, Ambassador of Japan in the Republic of South Africa. Shigeyuki Hiroki said in his speech that “We expect to further promote more effective use of donated solar lanterns in these three countries as a promising renewable energy. Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, noted in his speech that 2018 would mark the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela himself and said that “We are challenging to change the quality of living in South Africa. The lighting would contribute to improve daily life. The Foundation supports Panasonic’s solar lantern project activities and helps people better living by the donations of the lanterns to non-electrified areas.”
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