Airlink in partnership with Open Range Solar have announced an inventive, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to support children left without electricity in the Polokwane municipal area, by providing solar charging kits to these households and thereby aiding these children to have a chance at a decent life by giving them light to study by.
In a statement released by the airline it said that despite the progress made in providing households in South Africa with electricity during the past 26 years, a recent report by Eskom shows that about 10% of those households are still in the dark. This means that thousands of children are deprived of the opportunity to study at night or do their homework, probably jeopardizing their education, through no fault of their own.
As part of the Airlink Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, the airline has procured and will be distributing 2500 solar charging kits to targeted rural communities in close proximity to our operations, after all, this is where our stakeholders originate from. Namhla Tshetu, Airlink Executive Manager, Corporate Services, emphasized the importance of taking care of the basics so that these children can focus on the bigger picture.
The product itself is simple, safe and easy to operate. It comprises of a battery operated solar charging lighting kit, including three LED lamps, a torch and a small solar panel. The kit would enable a household to light multiple rooms and is mobile around the outside at night, using the torch. All of these lights are powered directly from the solar panel.
Airlink has appointed SEA to support and partner in the rollout of the kits. SEA will draw on the Polokwane municipality and their “Energy Ambassadors” for assistance in distributing the 2500 solar charging kits. The roll-out will commence on 28th September 2017 in Seshego and will be concluded at the Polokwane International Airport (PIA) Air Show on 7 October in celebration of Transport Month.