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Bridging the African Digital Divide--With a 'Toaster'

Jun 18, 2008, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Hanes)

"The interior of the massive Chamber of Mines Building, on the west end of the University of Witwatersrand's main campus, is like a dark, concrete maze. Drab stairways, imposing walls, the slightest glimpse of light from an interior courtyard--it's almost as if the architects hoped to invoke a mine shaft.

"So, when you get to the reception area for the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, it's hard not to do a double take at the shiny orange, vending machine-sized box with the cheerful cartoon logo--the one that proclaims 'Burn free, as free as the source flows!' It seems gleefully out of place..."

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