Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

4 July 2012

Tanzania: Koreans Introduce Clay Beds

Dongshin School of Technology in Kigamboni under the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) has made a bed by using clay and charcoal.

The bed which comes in different sizes is designed to heal backaches and provide the user with relief from general fatigue. The VETA Communication Manager, Ms Grace Kabogo, told the 'Daily News' on Tuesday at the 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) that the technology used is from Korea.

"The bed does not use a mattress, but slabs of clay instead of a mattress and also charcoal. This is a technology normally used by Koreans," she explained. Mr Salum Machapati, one of the students who participated in making the bed, said the slabs of dried clay are laid on the bed in place of a mattress and below where there is a another partition, where the charcoal is spread out.

Mr Machapati said the clay helps heal back pains and the charcoal sucks in poisonous air leaving the user to inhale clean air.

"The carpet is optional, you can use it by laying it down on top of the dried slabs of clay and because it is thin, it will still provide the same effect of relieving back pains," he explained.

He said in Korea, where their tutors come from, use the technology such that the elderly do not feel any backache. "We love using mattresses but they normally bring back pains to users, our tutors tells us that they do not use mattresses at all. This is what they use," he explained, pointing at the bed.

The seven feet wide and seven feet long bed on exhibition at the VETA stand in the DITF grounds costs 2m/-. Meanwhile, Goig Vocational Hand Craft Centre has developed a new technology to be used in lighting charcoal or firewood. The technology uses boxes mixed with other ingredients to make a wax like bunch of 12 leaves that can be used to start a fire instead of using paraffin or plastic bags.

Mr Onesmo Mrisho who is exhibiting the technology at the VETA stand said the technology is friendly to the environment and it's not harmful to health as opposed to using plastic bags. One bunch of the Stata as it is called costs 500/-.

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