The installation of fifteen 300 litre Apollo Solar Geyser units at the SOS Children's Village in Mamelodi is one of the ways that the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in South Africa is celebrating its 15 years of relations with South Africa. The installation has been commissioned with an underlying theme of " Green Dream Friendship Future" that underscores the Embassy's hope for the children at Mamelodi.
Chinese Ambassador TIAN Xuejun
Mr Tian Xuejun, the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa and Ms. Bongi Ngema-Zuma, South Africa's First Lady, were in attendance at a hand-over ceremony that took place on Wednesday, 7 August 2013 at the Mamelodi SOS Children's Village. The installation of the 15 solar geysers commenced on Monday, 29 July 2013.
hand-over a model solar geyser unveiling the plaque memorizing the donation
"The installation of Apollo Solar Geysers at our SOS Children's Village in Mamelodi is a considerable contribution to our greening efforts at the village," says Siphiwe Maphanga, National Director of SOS Children's Villages South Africa. "We sincerely thank the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in South Africa for aiding us in our efforts. The development of renewable energy projects such as these will greatly benefit the environment and expand upon the diversity of our nation's energy supply," he adds.
Ambassador TIAN Xuejun highly applauds the work of SOS Children's Village in promoting children's wellbeing, and says that "Children are the future of a country and their development bears on the development of the country and the nation. As South Africa's good friend, good brother and good partner, China sincerely wishes South African people, including children, a better and happier life, and is ready to extend a helping hand." He also states that "China has some experience in the utilization of solar power, and is willing to share its expertise with South African people."
First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma
First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma applauds the Chinese Embassy for the donation, and many other charity work that has helped the South African people. She also ensures the Village with her own experience that China-made solar geysers are of great quality that can be used for many years.
Renewable energy is derived from resources that are continually replenished, such as sunlight. A solar geyser is essentially an active solar technique that utilises photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness energy from the sun.
"The growing energy crisis in South Africa and the ever-increasing electricity rates have a profound impact on the operational costs that are involved in the running of a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) such as SOS Children's Villages. This project will have a positive effect on our bottom line and I am quite excited to see our next electricity bill," concludes Maphanga.