The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa
By Erika Kraemer-Mbula (UJ and TUT) and Chris Armstrong (LINK Centre)
Open AIR Working Paper 6 (June 2017)
This Working Paper for the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) project sets out findings from research into the dynamics of the emerging “maker” movement in South Africa’s Gauteng Province.
Kraemer-Mbula and Armstrong position the maker movement as a potentially strong contributor to, and manifestation of, informal-sector innovation on the African continent. Drawing on data from interviews conducted with participants in eight maker collectives in Gauteng, the authors provide findings in relation to makers’ approaches to outreach, skills development, networking, innovation and collaboration.