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"iShacks"- Bringing Electricity to Slum Dwellings

When Apartheid ended in 1994, the South African government promised proper housing for everyone. But life in informal settlements is still a bitter reality for many South Africans.

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The "iShack”, developed at Stellenbosch University, doesn’t eliminate the housing problem, but it could bring electricity to the residents of these informal settlements. Solar cells on the roof generate enough power to operate three lamps, a cell phone recharger, and a motion sensor.