Welcome to South Africa Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi – Source: Wikimedia Commons / cowjuice

By Nicholas Pescod – AfricanBrains

It’s not a private investigator but even James Bond would be impressed with this little guy.

The highly anticipated credit-card size Raspberry Pi computer is now available in South Africa and without order issues or backlogs according to a local distributor.

According to TechCentral.co.za the high-tech device, was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and is a fully functional computer board, which can be connected to a TV, computer monitor, and keyboard.

The 45-gram computer functions in a similar fashion to that of a normal sized computer. The Pi allows users to play games and watch HD movies. Users can also operate spreadsheets, word-processing and connect to the Internet. The computers don’t have their own storage system and require the use of an SD card.

The Pi was developed, according to reports, to give information-technology programmers and developers a simple solution to computing. The product targeted towards education facilities such as schools, resource centre’s and libraries.

While the Pi’s have been in high demand since debuting in February and since July about 4,000 Pi’s are being produced daily. The unit will cost about $40 (USD) so you won’t need to be Mr. Bond to own one.

According to a Raspberry Pi Foundation blog, orders were limited to just one per person. However that has since been lifted, allowing bulk orders from corporations and schools.

The Raspberry Pi isn’t the only tiny computer of it’s kind out there, according to SlashGear.com a similar product called the Gooseberry Android board is available in the United Kingdom and can be purchased online.

For more statistical information on the Raspberry Pi visit: http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

Sources: TechCentral.co.za & Raspberrypi.org & SlashGear.com

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Nicholas Pescod attended Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario and graduated in 2007. After deciding to return for an extra semester of high school he attended the University of Guelph in 2008. In 2009 he transferred from University into Centennial College’s journalism program and graduated in 2012. Pescod has been a contributor to the East-Toronto Observer, and he currently contributes to the North Shore News’ entertainment section. While at Centennial College he created Radio Nation, a weekly Internet radio show with a focus on indie music. Since Radio Nation began in November of 2010 there have been over 70 different live guests. In 2011 Pescod received a Global Citizenship award from Centennial for his work on Radio Nation. The show has regular listeners from around the world. Email: nicholas.pescod@africanbrains.org


  1. Hello All,
    Kindly note that we Electrocomp Express are Official distributors for Raspberry Pi Products in South Africa. We represent Farnell UK.
    Stock is available through us. We ship daily from UK. Normal leadtime is +/- 3-4 working days subject to stock availability.

    There are various options :
    1. Board only, When no stock, ETA +/- 3-5 weeks
    2. Raspberry Bundle – Includes board and accessories
    3. Raspberry Encased
    4. Accessories available separately as well

    Given the various options available from us via Farnell Element14, there is always stock in one way or the other.
    We are open to Bulk orders.

    Learn all about Raspberry Pi and what others have done with theirs – Farnell Element14 Community Portal : http://www.element14.com

    Contact :
    Electrocomp Express Sales
    +27 11 4589055

    Fathima Sheik

  2. As this was a while ago, there have been alot of companies entering the Raspberry Pi market in South Africa. We have taken the time to list all of them and please review where you got your RasPi from, good and bad reviews welcome.

    Here is the link to the South African Raspberry Pi distributers: goo.gl/y659rY

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