Village Uses Tin Cans to Cut Back on Costs

The Star, 11 June 2007.

In the effort to ensure that lack of infrastructure does not make them fall behind in technology, one rural community has converted tin cans into antennas which enable local villagers who have computers to access the internet free of charge.

Through the use of these converted tin cans, the rural community living in the Peebles Valley, outside White River in Mpumalanga, has also enabled a small rural Aids hospice and a clinic to cut their monthly phone bills from R3 000 to R0.

The Merake Institute is in charge of the technical development of the Peebles Valley Project as part of Merake's Community Owned Information Network (Coin) initiative.

To read the article titled, “Internet a definite Can-do,” click here.

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