POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa to share light for Nelson Mandela Day

Africa’s premier power sector conference will light up rural areas of Africa, when it comes out in support of SolarAid to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day.


POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, staged in Johannesburg by PenWell Corporation, opens on 18 July 2017 – the day South Africans marks Nelson Mandela Day. To commemorate the occasion, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa will donate R 30 000.00 to SolarAid, and will encourage event delegates to add their contributions to the cause during the opening keynote address.

SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. The organisation gives people access to low cost solar lights in some of the most remote regions of the world and is building a movement to eradicate the kerosene lamp.  After playing a key role in catalysing Africa’s first solar markets in Tanzania and Kenya, SolarAid also provides access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.

“With up to 600 million people across Africa still without access to electricity, we believe solar offers the fastest, cleanest access to lighting that enables children to study after dark, and small businesses to extend their trading hours, which has an immediate and measurable impact on rural communities,” says Feraye Gurel, Event Director of POWER-GEN & DistirbuTECH Africa. “In the longer term, new baseload power generation and distribution models and technologies will come into play to add to this impact, and these are areas that come under discussion annually at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa.”

Each R70 donation subsidises one solar light for a beneficiary in a rural area. To contribute to SolarAid, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/POWER-GENAfrica-NelsonMandelaDay2017 and share on Facebook and Twitter with the official hashtags:



POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017 will be staged from 18 – 20 July at the Sandton Convention Centre. The event is attended by over 3,000 power industry stakeholders, utilities and sub-Saharan government officials from pan-Africa and abroad.

For more information, go to http://www.powergenafrica.com/index.html

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