Lockdown: Self-taught Limpopo engineer builds a car with discarded material
A talented self-taught engineer, Rekkie Moyo of Musina in Limpopo, built his own car with discarded material to promote awareness of the worldwide pandemic.
Moyo first made a name for himself when he built a 2010 soccer World Cup car, which was featured in the FIFA World Cup book. And then, in 2012, he built a very comfortable battery-powered wheelchair which he donated to a local disabled man.
This time around, Moyo has taken a step further by using his talent to add his voice on the war against the spread of the worldwide pandemic. After completing the construction of the car, he painted it to display messages of awareness against the spread of the virus.
The homemade car
Some of the messages displayed in the car include “Wash your hands with soap”, “SA on lockdown”, “Thank you SANDF for being on our street to protect our nation”, and “Respect SA’s president’s words”.
As if that was not enough, Moyo also designed and fitted the car with a water tank, a basin to wash hands, toilet paper holder and a dust bin to discard the toilet paper.
Amazingly, the water tank and the tap are controlled by an electronic button which is fitted in the car. He said the water in the tank is sanitised and he allows everyone to wash hands in his car.
“Government alone cannot win this war against the pandemic. It is up to us as community members to play a role. Because my car is the centre of attraction wherever I go, I thought it would be important to paint it with awareness messages. When people come to see the car, they are forced to read the messages and at the same time I encourage them to wash their hands in the basin that is attached to the car.
“I make sure that they observe social distancing. I just press a button and sanitised water comes out of the tap. After people wash their hands, I encourage them to dry their hands with the attached toilet paper and throw the used pieces in the provided bin to keep the environment clean. This is very effective because people love my car,” explained Moyo.
He encourages other community members to use whatever opportunity possible to fight the pandemic.
“If you are an artist, use your art to spread the message. If we come together as a nation, we will definitely defeat this virus and our country will go back to normality again.”
His latest car, which has been powered by a Ford V8 engine, goes by the name Kandamu, which is a combination of the alphabet letters of the names of his children.
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