LOCATION: Western Cape province of South Africa
PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2015
PROJECT LEADS: University of Cape Town (UCT) IEEE Student Branch Projects Committee
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
In the Western Cape province of South Africa, people who live in townships (informal settlements) often face problems such as power outages and lack of sufficient living space as these settlements are highly populated. These people also live on little or no incomes and often cannot afford standard refrigerators. The few that can afford them have to live with the reality that power outages can result in their hard-earned food going bad due to lack of refrigeration. The University of Cape Town (UCT) IEEE Student Branch Projects Committee intends to alleviate the refrigeration problem for several households in townships and/or rural settlements. By forming partnerships with NGOs, the project intends to design and build several “IEEE Cooler boxes” for use in such underprivileged homes.