Maker Faire Africa puts the spotlight on SA inventors this weekend

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Maker Faire AfricaIt’s not just a bunch of inventive kids making LEGO robots at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre this weekend. Maker Faire Africa (MFA) is taking centre stage with South African inventors as well as creatively practical types from all over the continent descending on the event to show what they can do.

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MFA’s co-organiser Henry Barnor said in a statement “We are really excited to see what South African innovators will be exhibiting and working on during the Johannesburg Faire.”

“In Africa, inventions tend to be focused on items that solve immediate and fundamental needs issues such as agriculture, health and electricity. But the scope of Maker Faire Africa is so broad that there are always some daring innovations that take even those of us who have been involved in the Faire for several years by surprise.”

If you’re after a look at what the future of Africa contains, check out some of the innovations on offer at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre today, 5 December, and tomorrow, 6 December. There’s also a space where attendees can try their hand at something a bit creative of their very own in the PopUp Maker Space.

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