Who is the mother of invention?

November 5, 2009

Well, according to Plato is it “necessity”.

Whilst I was visiting the RLabs in Athlone, Cape Town, I came across this initiative – Cans4Skills from the charity BreadlineAfrica.

Shipping containers are being used to create a space for skills training e.g. plumbing and brickwork.  Another example of the fantastic ingeniuty seen in Africa where “necessity is the mother of invention” !


Cans4Skills - Plumbing

And here is what it looks like on the inside …


Cans4Skills - Plumbing, teacher and students

And another one …


Cans4Skills - brickwork


One Response to “Who is the mother of invention?”

  1. James Page Says:

    The software company I used to work with in Ghana started life in a 40ft Container. Ethan Zuckerman was even concerned that the Geekcorps volunteer from America could stand the heat of the all the computers heating the container up to 45 degrees. For more details see Ethan’s story here

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