Innovative lamps to help make studying easier

2020-02-13 06:01
Siphamandla Ntshewula makes lamps to help learners study at night.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Siphamandla Ntshewula makes lamps to help learners study at night.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A young man from Khayelitsha has come up with a bright idea to help learners study and do their homework without disturbing other people in their homes.

Siphamandla Ntshewula (21) matriculated in 2017 at Sinako High School but could not further his studies due to financial difficulties.

He said while growing up his home had no ceiling and that became a problem when he was preparing for his exams. Other family members would complain about the bright light in the middle of the night.

“Being a young boy from the township we never used to study during the day but would do so at night which was a problem in households like mine,” he said.

Ntshewula said in some instances people lived in one-room shacks and that made it difficult for them to study.

In 2018, he said he came up with an idea to deal with the problem. He decided to make lamps that won’t be too bright at night when a learner is studying.

Ntshewula said when he started making the lamps they got stolen and that discouraged him from continuing and he stopped, but started again last year.

“I use 2F bottles, globe electric wires, and off cuts of fabrics but would love for the lamps not to use electricity,” he said.

He said the lamps cost R100 and he sells it to schools and gives it for free to those who can’t afford it.

However, he said he does not get support from his community.

“People always say to me I’m selling them Twizza for a R100 when I try and sell them the lamps,” he said.

Ntshewula said he would like to supply more learners with his lamps and those interested can email him on siphamandlantshewula3@gmail.com or find him on Facebook under Siphamandla Ntshewula.

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