Electricity for Pelandaba Skills Centre


Pelandaba, Bulawayo

number of people to benefit

Over 850 people have received certificates so far

project description

Reliable power for Pelandaba Skills Centre trough a solar-installation.

Electricity for Pelandaba Skills Centre

This project is funded by the AFAS Foundation.

During our may/june 2019 visit to Zimbabwe, we’ve visited the Pelandaba Skills Centre in Bulawayo. The centre has been founded by UK & Zimbabwe charity Inspire Women, Men & Children to support the poor in Bulawayo by offering training in various work-related skills. A request has been made to Mpilo Foundation for a solar installation. Although the centre is connected to the grid, this does not reliably provide power. Often for up to 18 hours a day, power will be unavailable. It is also expensive.

A solar installation would provide electricity for laptops, a printer, a scanner, a small fridge and five sewing machines. After consulting with an expert, a project plan has been made to supply the centre with the power required. Because fewer cables, pipes and other materials are needed compared to the rural village schools, an extra six solar panels and one extra battery can be supplied. Mpilo Foundation would like to go through with this plan and is currently looking for sponsors is happy that the AFAS Foundation has agreed to fund this project.


The solar installation has successfully been installed and aditionally the center received several laptops and a printer. Unfortunately, the center has been broken in to during the night of 6 December. The solar installation, excluding the panels, has been stolen, along with a number of desktop computers and sewing machines. The total value of goods stolen is nearly US$7000. All of the more than 60 WhatsApp contacts in Matabeleland are saddened, ashamed and appalled. One of the contacts has called upon his brother-in-law, who is a member of parliament, to help. This member of parliament has arranged for the CID (Criminal Investigations Dept.) to take over the investigation initiated by the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The board of the AFAS Foundation has been actively engaged in the investigation and its resolution. As of February 2021, the investigation is still ongoing.

Second update: The AFAS Foundation has kindly funded a replacement solar installation, with additional measures of a steel cage and 24/7 surveillance to prevent theft. This was finalized at the end of July 2021. After more than half a year of delay, the Pelandaba Skills Centre is happy to be able to utilize their new solar installation.

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