Yeborobo was a black robot, armed with a conveyor lifter on the front and a pneumatic pickaxe on the rear, and was decorated with boggle-eyes on the front. It was powered by two truck windscreen wipers, but could only reach a top speed of 3mph.
"Yeborobo" is a play on the Zulu phrase "Yebo gogo," which literally translates to "yes, granny" but was used in South Africa as an all-purpose greeting. This was combined with "robo", referring to Yeborobo's robotic nature.
Yeborobo was entered by a team of South African roboteers, Andrew, Jon and Michael Kerr. The Yeborobo team were one of only two teams in Robot Wars to represent South Africa, alongside the team behind Crushtacean.
Yeborobo was placed up against Philipper (representing Belgium), Tornado (representing the United Kingdom) and American champion Panzer Mk 2 in the first round of the Second World Championship. The fight was postponed from its original starting time, as Yeborobo was unable to enter the arena, so the team were given additional time to repair it.
"Ourselves and Panzer were ready and went out into the arena, and waited. And waited. Yebo Robo was having problems, so the fight was postponed until after lunch! Yebo Robo was fixed over lunch, and once everyone was back out again, the fight commenced. I say out rather than in position, because both Philipper and Yebo Robo did not get to their start points!"
When the real battle started, a 'repaired' Yeborobo still struggled to even enter the arena, having to reverse itself in, and starting the battle deep inside a CPZ. Once in the arena, it did not move at all. After Refbot made efforts to nudge it to life, it was dragged onto the arena floor flipper by Dead Metal. Refbot counted Yeborobo out and it was thrown by the arena floor flipper, landing on top of Tornado. With ten seconds to go, Yeborobo was pitted by Tornado, who ultimately went on to win the battle.
Yeborobo was one of only two robots in Robot Wars history to represent South Africa, the other being Crushtacean.
Yeborobo also holds the distinction of being the only robot built in South Africa to compete in Robot Wars. Ironically, like Terror Australis, a robot with a similar accolade, it failed to move during combat.