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AFRO-NETS> A donkey-drawn Internet centre

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> A donkey-drawn Internet centre
  • From: Brian Pazvakavambwa <pazvakavambwab@who.ch>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 12:09:44 -0400 (EDT)

A donkey-drawn Internet centre

Source: The Zimbabwe Mirror at:

The Rural Libraries and Resources Development Programme (RLRDP) will
this Saturday launch the country's first ever donkey-drawn mobile
electro communication library cart in the Nkayi district of
Matabeleland North.

RLRDP official Obidiah Moyo said apart from being a donkey-drawn
library cart, the invention will work as a centre for electro-
communication, enabling users to access radio, television, telephone,
fax, e-mail and internet services.

This would enable rural and isolated communities who were deprived of
communication to access such services, he said.

The invention, a brain-child of Moyo, would use solar power supplied by
a unit installed at the roof of the cart.

This cart could also be provided with an aerial or satellite dish for a
wider and clearer electro-communication system.

The cart would be used in all sorts of terrain and could also be
attached to a network system linking several villages.

In the past the RLRDP has come up with various innovations that make
information and communication accessible to disadvantaged communities.
In 1995, it launched the first ever donkey drawn mobile library.


Dr. Brian Pazvakavambwa
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