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Pay-as-you-go energy provider delivers power to off-the-grid homes
M-KOPA is considered the world’s leading pay-per-use solar power provider in Africa.
Three smart, life-saving designs for kids
In observance of National Child Protection Week, we look at advancements in technology that are beefing up child rescue solutions.
A better way to harvest water from air
Tested in the arid regions of Morocco, the CloudFisher claims to be the next generation in fog collecting.
Art and performance-driven maths education in Cape Town
“It became real when I saw how much the kids were struggling. When you sit there and you go: I’m doing the same thing over and over but it’s not working."
A museum where your emotions are the main attraction
Siphilele Magagula’s conceptual design asks participants to lay their prejudices bare.
Rovik tells the story of Kenyan migrant warrior in a far away galaxy
“The desire to place [the story] in the Star Wars universe was because we felt there was no African, cultural representation in an apparent galaxy."
A photo series on colourism in Haiti, the first black republic
“They used to put me down so much because I was this dark and now, I fucking love myself.”
The Freedom Day reading list
These projects highlight the complicated matter of South Africa's "freedom" through the eyes of creatives.
5 innovations in the fight against malaria
We take look at some of the devices being developed to fight malaria.
Feel people smile with Simon Dogger’s handheld device for the visually impaired
“Being able to understand other people is about the quality of dialogue which is actually about the quality of life.”
Sunu Gonera on working in Hollywood and why afrofuturism is not a new trend
“I think people are just trying to define what’s already happening on the ground.”
Scientists are working on a pill that mimics the effects of exercise
Scientists are a step closer to developing exercise in a pill to help the chronically lazy, elderly, and those medically unable to exercise.
This centre offers a safe haven for Rwandan women who’ve escaped the unthinkable
Inspired by Rwandan architecture, the Women’s Opportunity Centre is home to about 300 women.
Thandiwe Msebenzi uses photography to expose the consequences of misogyny
"I am harassed at least five times a day, 35 times per week...Now imagine what that must do to one psychologically.”
Meet the Congolese designer who has worked with Kanye, Jay Z & Rihanna
The designer talks about her new label, shaking up stereotypes and creating jobs over charity in Kinshasa.
Photographs capture the dangerous practice of wine collecting in Namibia
The palm wine collectors in Namibia risk their lives for their cultural practice.
Spaces designed not for cars, but for people
Is an underground, automated road tunnel the answer to the nightmare that is traffic congestion?
Journalists are fighting censorship using streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer
The Uncensored Playlist uses a streaming loophole to get censored news to the public in repressed countries.
Dina Amin on stop animation, upcycling in Cairo and her inspiration
“I kept thinking, questioning whether we actually need all the things that we produce..."
The Desert Twins create water out of dry air
“The first three days of testing were frustrating; our own sweat was the only liquid produced.”
The Paper Water Bottle sits at the intersection of branding and sustainable design
Another product you could be using instead of plastic. Check out The Paper Water Bottle.
Code artist Zach Lieberman launches Weird Type in collaboration with Design Indaba
“How does typography change when it is spatial, when we can move around it and it exists in 3D space?”
Hyphen Labs is using VR to create safe spaces for women of colour
This VR project began when Ashley Baccus-Clark realised that there is no sunscreen that caters to her skin tone.
On prioritising walking as a way to design cities differently
“Designing walkable cities enables us to start with the street – the essence of the city.”
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