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  • Schneider Electric shines light on education and electrification this Madiba Day

Johannesburg South Africa, July 18 2018 – Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialists in energy management and automation, celebrated what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday on 18 July at both the Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit and Pastoral Centre Pre-School and Crèche in Kliptown, Soweto.

Schneider Electric South Africa believes that everyone has the right to safe energy. Committed to ensuring that ‘Life is On’ for everyone, everywhere and at every moment, the company first started working in partnership with Emthonjeni, a non-profit organisation situated in the Zandspruit informal settlement, in 2014.

“This community lives among many illegal electricity connections and has experienced fatalities in the past. Schneider Electric South Africa is dedicated to providing access to energy and access to education to those most in need and, in this spirit, we have donated Mobiya charging stations to the community centre,” explains Zanelle Dalglish, Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa head of sustainable development.

The Mobiya charging stations are constructed from repurposed pallets from the Schneider Electric warehouse and each consists of twelve cubes to hold the Mobiya solar lamps, with their solar panels located at the top.

“Mobiya lamps are a green and safe alternative to candles and paraffin lamps, and Emthonjeni will be able to use these Mobiya charging stations as an opportunity to provide access to energy to some members of the community while keeping the surrounding areas clean, and promoting recycling,” she continues.

While some of the Mobiya lamps will be used to assist senior community members, the other Mobiya lamps will be incorporated into Emthonjeni Community Centres’ enterprise initiative. The Mobiya lamps will be managed by their glass recycling swop shop, and will be rented out at a minimal amount per charge.

“Community members can gain access to this safe and green lighting solution by collecting recycled glass and returning it to the swop shop. We will also provide high level training on the Mobiya lamp to both the seniors and swop shop personnel to ensure they receive the maximum benefits of this innovative technology.”

Emthonjeni Community Centres recently received funding from a donor to install solar water pumping for its two existing boreholes.

The efficient operation of the solar water pumping solution at Emthonjeni was made possible through contributions from many different stakeholders and will now ensure uninterrupted access to water, as the previous system relied on electricity, which has not been available at Emthonjeni for more than six months

“Schneider Electric did not hesitate at the chance to support this project by donating our high quality variable speed drives. We have also arranged for one of our system integrators, Solar Technik, to do the installation at a very reasonable cost. “

Schneider Electric employees took part in a winter drive and these much needed items will be donated to the swop shop. In addition, sporting equipment was also donated to the crèche situated at Emthonjeni Community Centres, as this pre-school plays a vital role in the underdeveloped community by providing access to early childhood development.

The crèche also received used pallets from Schneider Electric’s warehouse and these will be used to build small playhouses for the children.

“Our employees ended off the morning by providing safe electricity training to the staff and children at the crèche in a fun and informative way, providing them with essential knowledge and ensuring they stay electrically safe in and around their homes.”

Following on its recent Global Environment Day project and donations at Pastoral Centre Pre-School and Crèche, Schneider Electric South Africa returned to the school on Madiba Day to continue the celebrations.

“Here we handed over a donation of colourful, hand knitted blankets to keep the children warm on the icy cold winter days that lay ahead. These blankets were an extraordinary donation, as an employee from Schneider Electric South Africa arranged for a group of women of which she is part, to especially hand knit these blankets for them.

“Madiba Day provides both individuals and businesses with a unique opportunity to take time out of their schedules to give back to their communities. For Schneider Electric, ensuring South Africans have access to safe, reliable energy, and education, is a priority and remains a focus for us every day of the year. It was a privilege to spend this time in these two communities, providing sustainable solutions to the everyday challenges they face,” concludes Dalglish,

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