Local talent: 20-year-old Soweto man builds robot from scrap metal and discarded material

Local talent: 20-year-old Soweto man builds robot from scrap metal and discarded material

- Mpho has built a robot from scrap metal

- He showcases it along Vilakazi street in Soweto

- He's able to pay his rent and provide for his siblings

A 20-year-old man in Soweto, Johannesburg, is showcasing his talent of building small electrical robots, cranes and remote-controlled cars along Vilakazi Street.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mpho Makutu's largest robot can pick and move small objects at the touch of one or more of five levers.

According to Times Live, he made it from scrap metal and discarded materials such as cardboard boxes and wires.

The red robot is powered by an elevator battery and has the motor of a drill machine. A tourist took a video of Mpho and his invention and shared it online.

Speaking to the tourist, Mpho said the robot took him two weeks to build. He's the only one in a family of four who is working. His creations enable him to pay the rent and provide for his siblings.

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Mpho said he took two weeks to build the robot. Photo: Times Live

Mpho said he took two weeks to build the robot. Photo: Times Live

He is a second-year mechanical engineering student at Molapo South College in Johannesburg. He makes about R300 a day from displaying his inventions over the weekends.

Mpho said he hopes to establish his own workshop as an inventor and create employment for other youths like him.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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