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Makers from Africa

Hi there I'm from Zambia and I've been on Instructables for about 2 years now. I don't come across many other makers here even though I know there are maker communities in Africa. Just wondering where you guys are. If you're a maker from Africa or know any here could you please post a profile link. Would love to get to know as many as I can.

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Maker Faire Africa

Maker Faire Africa! need I say more?http://makerfaireafrica.com/August 13-15, in Accra, Ghana. I'd love to go to this...It's being put on by Afrigadget with the full support of Make MagazineIf you can't go but think this is a fantastic idea, they're looking for sponsors. If that's a bit more than you can handle, they are also accepting donations through PayPal (button on the front page of MakerFaireAfrica.com).

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Cool airplane model made from scratch

Another interesting story from Africa about handmade goods. I'd love to get one of these.Phillip Isohe is a metal fabricator in the jua kali, non-traditional industrial sector, in Kenya. In his spare time he builds models of airplanes and buses. This seems to be an extension of what many of us did while growing up in Africa - building wire, or tin can, cars. What's most interesting is the excruciating attention to detail that he puts into each one. In fact, they each have motors with working lights, steering, engine and interiors. full story

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Anyone made an Mbira?

I've been wanting some advice on how to go about making my own Mbira. Any ideas?

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Help me find this?

Hi im from Johannesburg South Africa im looking for one of those barrels in this ible https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-Your-Own-BBQ-Barrel/

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Make the best of what you've got

Sometimes life deals you a bad card and you have to make the best of it. My father got polio in his right hand at a young age. It got him out of the army, but he had to learn to become left-handed in the process.This guy suffers from polio as well, but has been able to do this cool dance that's earned him a living entertaining tourists in Uganda. And up in Canada there's Lazy Legs who has a muscle disorder in his legs.

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The site you haven't visited yet (but probably should have)

Okay, maybe you have visited before.  But it's still worth going back.   Check out AfriGadget : http://www.afrigadget.com/ They bill themselves as "solving everyday problems with African ingenuity".  If necessity is the mother of invention, it's original home is Africa.  For the rest of us in the world who are far from Africa, they may be encountering problems we've never considered, and are solving them with limited tools and materials in very unique ways.  For example, go check out Richard's "Lion Lights".  There's a problem you won't encounter in Wisconsin (in my case), but the creativity is undeniable.  I've bookmarked it.

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Extending Competions to SA???

Are there any plans of extending these competitions to South Africa?

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There is never no hope left

Sometimes, when I'm discouraged, I watch this video. It gives me hope.Moving Windmills.

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Can I take part in Instructables' contests although I live in South Africa? Answered

I'm a legal citizen of South Africa. Can I take part in contests?

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HEY,am here to help you understand swahili to english

Free English to Swahili translation. Translate English to Swahili online

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Designers Wanted: Join a Think-and-Make-Tank for Soul of Africa

Oxford University's Said Business School is running a sort of Peace Corps for designers. Writes Lucy Kimbell, Clark Fellow in Design Leadership: We need up to 10 designers who want to use their design practices and skills to help social enterprise Soul of Africa tackle some of the challenge facing it, during a one-day workshop in Oxford in collaboration with MBA students. The workshop is a participative, creative "think-and-make-tank" that brings together people from management and from design to use visual methods to analyze and tackle specific problems identified by an organization. MBA students from Said Business School will be joined by designers from different disciplines to help social enterprise Soul of Africa engage with key challenges. Soul Of Africa is a charitable initiative and a self-sustainable project created to facilitate employment and funding aimed at helping orphans affected by AIDS through the sale of hand-stitched shoes. Unemployed and unskilled women in South Africa are trained to hand-stitch shoes, giving them the self-empowering ability to feed their families and provide them with essential health care. Download more details here. What we are looking for Designers (recent graduates, current MA or BA design students, and design professionals) are invited to take part. Ideally, we'd like a mixture of people from these backgrounds: - visual communication - product/industrial design - service design - interface design - fashion - design management How to get involved To apply, send an email to Lucy Kimbell at lucy.kimbell@sbs.ox.ac.uk to arrive on or by Friday 20 March 2009. The email must include - your name and contact details and any institutional affiliation - your design discipline (eg product, visual communication) - up to 150 words on why you want to participate. Successful participants will be contacted by Friday 3 April at the latest. Reasonable travel expenses to Oxford (standard class return, UK travel only) will be reimbursed to those who attend the workshop, on the production of a receipt.The Design Leadership blog is here.Via Core77

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Getting Teenage Cash

I am 14 and currently living in South Africa. The problem with South Africa is it's major security issues. I could only do the "traditional" (Mowing lawns, babysitting) with family friends, but the problem is in South Africa all families earning above a certain amount are required to hire a maid and a gardener, so that removes all of the "traditional" methods of earning money.

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What is this sword and how can I refurbish it? Answered

Hi, this sword has been in my family for years, my grandfather got it in Africa after it was used in a war there. I would like to know what it is called and how I can clean it up, re-wrap the handle? It is 39' long if that helps at all. And what is this gunk-like stuff that is around the blade where is enters the handle? Not sure what category this goes in...

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Geology in action: A mid-ocean ridge you can visit on vacation!

UPDATE Jun 2011:  ScienceNews has a very nice feature about Afar, with an excellent narrative summary of items since the current spreading event began in 2005. UPDATE Nov 2009:  Science magazine only keeps their news articles free for a short time.  The link below requires paid access to read.  Wikipedia has an article on the volcano. A news article in this week's (May 2009) Science magazine online reports on a very unusual volcano. Located directly in the center of east Africa's Great Rift Valley, it is spewing a unique kind of lava. The Great Rift Valley is a place where one of Earth's tectonic plates is actively dividing in two -- the eastern tip of Africa and the Arabian peninsula is separating from the rest of Africa. In several million years there will be a brand new ocean (not a "sea") like the Atlantic, and the Great Rift Valley will become its mid-ocean ridge. This African volcano is essentially an example of the undersea volcanoes that run down the spreading center along the middle of the Atlantic (Iceland is a set of them that are above the ocean surface). If you want to see what was happening when the Atlantic Ocean was forming, and Brazil was being broken away from West Africa, go visit Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. ADDED:  Besides the world's only active (on land!) natrocarbonatite volcano, the Great Rift Valley also has examples of sheeted dikes forming and breaking through to the surface.

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Dinosaur wind turbine

I am in Kenya and being of a technical persuasion have been asked to fix this geriatric wind turbine. It is an electromagnet (as apposed to permanent magnet) based generator that my friend bought from the Italian scouts. I cannot for the life of me get anything more than about 3V from it. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before and if so have any idea where on earth I might be able to find out a little more about who made it or how I might be able to fix it. I have tried everything I can and still no cigars. Any help much appreciated. I am here setting up this organisation if anyone is interested access(hyphen)wind(dot)com

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Can you enter a contest if you live in South Africa?

If you win, can they send the prize to SA? I really want to enter competitions, but I'm not sure...

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Looking for Magnets and / or Permenent Magnet Generators 12 Volts for Africa

Hello, I am working with a couple of young men in Togo, West Africa. They sell solar panels, and because batteries are so expensive, it they did one of them bike rim windmills, and generated 12 volts, during the nights, the houses could power up LED lights. Which 12 volt generator would you recommend to buy on Ebay? Please paste a link. What specific magnets are good for the bike rim, please give me the specific link on ebay. I hope someone has done this, and does know how, I can search.. . I watch so many videos it drives me crazy, I want to replicate, and often the buying details are not included. Thanks, Andy Lee Graham Travel Writer for HoboTraveler.com Merry Christmas hoboontheroad   AT yahoo.com

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New Air Car Ready For The Sky

To TimBucTu on wensdayhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7821979.stm

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hi people please help me

Ok heres what i have to say.well i read on the net that americans just throw their phones away when it breaks but in south africa we fix the phones.sn please im asLl are making south africa a safer place for your own good.i will fix the cellphone's and sell it for the price it cost me to fix it so more south africans will be able to afford to own a phone

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How to make reusable sanitary pads

How do I make affordable reusable sanitary pads for poor school girls in East Africa?

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Rat/Rodent extermination?

Hi  I live in South Africa, and checking Lifehacker and Instructables I get no joy on searches with either of these terms, I am wondering if you States siders have them?

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International entries

Good day.  Unfortunately South Africa is not on  your "allowed to participate countries" list. Can We still enter a contest - and use our family in Canada to receive a prize  ( if any  :-)  for us? 

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How to publish a new instructable?

My new instructable shows as a "Draft." I do not know how to check if it is published. It never say, "published." Subject: Tripod for Camera, Disposable for World Travelers I am in Togo, West Africa, and American sites often shut me off, I am from Orland, Indiana, and even tried using teamviewer to publish from a USA IP. How do I check it is published? Or, what am I doing wrong? Thanks Andy Graham of Hobo Traveler com in Kara, Togo, West Africa frusted.

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Idea to Store Solar, or Wind Energy in Tanks in Central, South American, Africa

 I go to Togo, West Africa, and they already use, or need the black water tanks. they can have the water pumped using solar, windmills, or rope pumps, then allow it to fall, and light their houses with LED lights, and charge their cell phones. So what do you think, anyone have experience using these cheap hydro generators? Do they work? Do they last? Is there enough water pressure? Thanks, Andy Lee Graham https://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html

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Do any of the Contests ever Include South Africans as eligible for entry ?

Just would like to know if the contests ever include South africans as Eligible to enter ?

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Copper Crystal Metal

Hi, Please assist. I am looking for ways to create copper crystals from copper sulfate liquid by using chemicals only. I found a company in South Africa that's doing exactly that.

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LASER CUT THROUGH TWO LAYERS OF CARDBOARD FOR SILHOUTTES

Hello from South Africa, Is it possible to lasercut through cardboard (2 layers) to sandwich colored silkpaper in between for suncatchers? Regards, Barbara

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FIFA Day 1 Group A results

Day 1 of the FIFA South Africa world cup 2010 is over. Every team in the group has a chance to enter the finals as both games ended in a draw. Game 1 South Africa 1- Mexico 1 Tshabalala       Marquez Minute 55        Minute 79 Game 2 France 0- Uruguay 0 Personal thoughts on Game 1: South Africa has really surprised me with their skill. I really expected Mexico to win but the South Africans have proven me wrong. South Africa had a slow start but close to half time they started to play really well. Mexico had a very hard time penetrating their defense. Mexico had a higher percentage of ball possession and showed to be a tough competitor. In the second half things started to warm up with the first goal made by Tshabalala in the 55th minute. Mexico countered with a goal by Marquez in the 79th minute to even things out. Overall a great game. Good luck to both teams. Personal thoughts on Game 2: This game was very interesting although I thought the coaches of both sides made some mistakes. IT was pretty even the whole way through but Uruguay was being pretty tough on the opponent giving them several yellow cards and a red card. Personally I think the french coach should have put Thiery Henry in the game much sooner. A great game from both sides. Good luck to you aswell. Feel free to leave comments regarding these games and teams. 

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is there any way to receive a contest prize if you live in a unlisted country

I live in South-Africa and my country never gets listed on the contest country list, I just wondered if there is a way to ship the prize to here?(the prize winner will be paying the shipping costs)

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Contests worldwide?

I live in Alexandria in Egypt and I sometimes want to enter a contest here in instructables.com but the contest is limited to US, UK, Canada...etc, but not Egypt at all or even worldwide why ? and can you please include Egypt and others to your contests? thank you.

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How to identify mushroom / fungus growing in watermelon pot.?

  The medium used is coco peat from south India. The fertilizer used is organic seaweed imported from South Africa. I want to know whether its an infestation or beneficial for my plant growth? THE PIC:http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/f6196f211f.jpg

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How to Make Fibre Reinforced Plastic Box

Hello, I am working on a project in Togo, West Africa whereby we make information commercials in the local language. Africa has roughly 3000 languages, and this device called "Mama Says," attracts the locals with films, then educates with announcements every 5 minutes in the local language. Most aid organizations do not seem to understand the locals do not speak the lingua franca language. I need a box made out of Fiber Reinforced Plastic, or something light, I need suggestions on how to find companies to do this? I need a step by step explanation on how to make a prototype, and estimations of cost? This is also for brainstorming, I am looking for ideas. Thank you, Andy Lee Graham of Hobo Traveler Com.  

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I'm looking for a ardunio? Answered

 hello instructables I am looking for a ardunio i live in cape town in South Africa  and i am not ok with buying 1 over the internet. I would be a lot happier buying 1 from a store. I've been looking for 1 for a few months now please help

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why does the sun have a halo today?01/11/2010 Answered

In south africa this morning (johannesburg) the sun has a halo,its very beautiful,does anyone know why? Local opinions have varied from ,water vapour to something to do with jupiter to the end of the world is here,any ideas?

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help, ideas needed!

I need to create a prototype of a project made entirely from recyclables (bottles, cans, etc.). This project has to solve a need of the world (ex. a bug catcher to catch malaria infested mosquitos in Africa). Any serious, not sarcastic all of you funny ones out there, ideas would be greatly appreciated! :)

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how can i turn plastic into fuel for my car ? Answered

Plastic disposal is an ever increasing problem, and here in africa is hell lot a problem, i tried making biodiesel from an instructable but the cost of methanol is too high, so i was wondering if it were possible to convert plastic back into oil and use it for my car

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Petrol and LP Gass (home gas) Engine

Hi, I am in South Africa and recently had a conversation with someone who tells me that one of our security companies runs their cars on a mixture of normal petrol(gasoline)and house gass as a test to get cheaper mileage.Does anyone know how this can be done?

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Trapping water frogs

Hi my name is Werner I am from South Africa, and a very enthusiastic angler (freshwater). I wonder if anyone can assist me with regard to a cheap and simple way to  make  my own  frog trap to trap water frogs, as I use these frogs for bait when targeting catfish. Any ideas and assistance will be appreciated. 

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Ultimate mint tin mod thing ideas

I recently got some Penguin mints from the US (I live in South Africa) and I had an idea, I want to make the ultimate mint tin mod/kit. Basically I'd like to get some ideas for various things to include or ways to modify the tin so it'll be useful in the most number of situations.

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I am busy with DIY Electric Vehicle in Cape Town South Africa, I need some input?

I am a Motor Mechanic for almost 30 years and I want to change to Electric Motor Vehicle. But I want to construct a Cheaper Method of ConversionI have already designed and configured my drive line to attain high speed using Low power input. I am using a light Motor for the Conversion AC 3.7KW Motor with 3.5 Amp Single Phase. I am also designing  the Alternative Charging Controlling mechanism to and input controller to top up the Batteries.  Using only 6 x  12v 100 am Batteries, I know its low but the Motor will be consuming such low power that it would not need extra Batteries.  Now my question What Electrical components,  Required  I am using a 12 v 1000 w Sinewave inverter, with wellsee power control  now setting up the Curtis Electronic Pedal for the variable drive, what mechanism can I use and disconnecting the power in high speed and switching to the alternative power source. Any suggestions.  

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Solar-powered hearing aids for the 3rd world

What's a partially deaf person in sub-Saharan Africa to do, when hearing aids typically cost hundreds of dollars, and he can't even afford the $1 a week to buy new batteries?Retired Canadian business executive Howard Weinstein came up with a solution - a cheap hearing aid for the 3rd world, redesigned with some donated 1st world technology knowhow. It's powered by rechargeable, rather than throw-away batteries - at about the same $1 cost per battery, except they last 2-3 years, and can be recharged using a pocket-sized solar charger. Oh, and he also found that the local deaf people make excellent employees to put these things together, because mastering sign language takes acute hand-eye coordination, needed to do the fine soldering and microelectronics.Sometimes the small things in life make a big difference...Something to Shout About - Africa needed hearing aids. Howard Weinstein got a chance to start over

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Alternative to L293D?

Hi all. i'm pretty new to the electronics thing, and i'm just getting started with Arduino. i've decided to move on to motorized projects, such as IP cars and such, but i can't seem to find any decent motor controllers. as far as i can see, i need an L293D chip, but can't find one anywhere in south africa. are there any alternatives i could try? my appologies for being a noob. Thanks :-)

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What to do with an old pc case? Answered

Have an old pc case sitting around that i dont use!! Nd i want to get started in case modding but with a twist this one is modded into soethin else not a a pc but sumthing cool and weired!! So far i have coffe machine mini greenhouse and fish tank!! any ideas you guys mught have?

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How to power an MP3 Player with 6 Volt DC Motorcycle Battery

Hello, I am creating an audio billboard, you all have seen billboards with words, this is a billboard, but there it also talks to you. WHY? Because I am here in Kara, Togo West Africa. In this village they speak 3 local language, and if very educated, they speak French, but if you really wanted them to listen, you would talk in Kabye. I would like to offer free Malaria medicine to people, and this could save babies from dying, 1 in 10 dies that has the Malaria parasite. Mothers avoid going the lab, or taking the cure because it cost one weeks pay, about 7-10 dollars. The longer they delay, the more likely the baby is too weak, and dies. The need to know, money is the problem, but how to tell them, this audio box is to tell them money is there in their own language. But to make it work for one-month, or one year without maintenance is the challenge. I am will experiment with the device inside a Hotel signs, and try to have the Hotel help, they get an ad, and the public ad is served, help them, and they help. The electricity goes off between 3 and 10 hours, sometimes more in Africa, about 200 countries and this box is not close to electricity lines, but next to water pick up spots.  I want to power a 6 Volt Radio I can buy here in Togo, West Africa with a 6 volt motorcycle battery. I am hoping to have the radio run for 10 days, 24/ 7. I can buy a 6 volt motorcycle battery easy, and can even charge it by connecting to a running cycle with alligator clips. But, I need to figure out the correct way to set this up. I learned today, I cannot buy a 6 volt battery charger here: - So I put a diagram down below showing how to make one? Is there a way to know when the thing is fully  charged? http://www.alpharubicon.com/elect/3dollarbattggn.htm What is needed to connect the battery the radio? - I put a wiring diagram with a fuse and diode, is this correct? This is a French speaking country, I speak ok French, but not the word needed to make this device. I need help. Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com in Kara, Togo West Africa. Thanks

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Why is my sodium chlorate glowing? Answered

I was making some sodium chlorate using https://www.instructables.com/id/EGXGY5PF23Z375E/, but instead of using some 9v, i put a bridge rectifier on to my AC power (i live in south Africa so 240v) and the I put what i hope was DC into the salt water, which began to glow and made a noise. Why was it glowing and is there any danger to let it run for 2 hours?

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Keeping my tent standing in windy conditions

Hi there all you outdoorsmen and woman, just join this group and would like to find out if you have any tips on how to keep a tent (in my case a frame tent) from blowing away in windy conditions. I am mad about fishing, usually go fishing on weekends (Free State, South Africa), and had my problems with the wind blowing my tent down, hope you can assist and give me some tips. Regards Werner

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What is causing the deep cycle battery charger fuses to pop?

Mobile Wheelchair battery wiring: Two young 12v 26AH wired in ceries? is poping charger fuses. with newly accuired controller The chair contoller has been newly doneup and could be the cause Look at Mobile chair battery line diagram operating with newly acuired reconstructed second hand controller it pops charger fuses, the battery's are near new the, motors is not connected yet in fear of damage from a dead short somewhere.The motors operated fine whith previous controller.americantwintowers@gmail.com

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