Meet KZN’s Innovators

Sanele Mhlongo

Eloh App

Eloh App is a digital application that allows customers to connect to a professional service provider easily using their handheld device. Customers are able to view, book and request a variety of services which are available on Eloh at their own convenience. The Eloh App saves the customer time because they do not have to search extensively for service providers in their local area. Secondly, customers save time because they don't have to travel to the service provider because the service comes to you. Lastly, Eloh provides greater convenience since the customer can book a time that best suits their schedule. The App currently covers the whole of KZN and will be launching in Johannesburg this year and Cape Town in the first half of next year (2021).

Sanele Mhlongo

Ryshan Ramlall & Udhav Maharaj

Sturtium Informatics System

The Sturtium Informatics System allows users to submit short reports and information on water resources, waste, environmental and infrastructure management problems which they encounter in their cities or municipalities. The data from the reports can be used by service providers, public institutions, research groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for problem solving, planning and management as well as being used as a mechanism to hold respective entities accountable for service delivery.

Ryshan Ramlall & Udhav Maharaj

Nomandla Ngcoya

D Chem Group: Traditional Medicine

The goal is to ensure safe administration of traditional medicine. The traditional medicine is put in a capsule with proper dosages as proposed by a pharmacist. The benefits of housing the medicine in a capsule includes eliminating the bitter taste that is usually associated with traditional medicines since the capsule only opens up once it has been consumed. Secondly, capsules ensure appropriate dosages because traditional healers generally instruct people to drink half a cup for example, however, cup sizes vary amongst households which increases risk of overdose.

Nomandla Ngcoya

Marco Pretorius

Ocram O&P

As opposed to focusing on one product/innovation, the core of Ocram O&P is to develop a system and products that could help more than just people struggling with limb loss. The first innovation they developed is providing a 3-D printed prosthetic arm and leg to a 5-month-old patient that was matched to his not amputated limbs. This innovation led to Marco being nominated for JCI South Africa's Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award for 2020. Another innovation was making a 3-D printed prosthetic cover which acts as a protection for the components within as well as an aesthetic finish to match the patient's other limb. Currently, Ocram O&P is working on developing other alternative solutions, as with the advancements of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) we can use CAD/CAM and industrial 3-D printing to provide better more effective medical devices. The goal is to provide affordable care throughout the African continent using a mobile clinic equipped to see patients and educate practitioners whilst increasing access to their medical devices.

Marco Pretorius

Ntando Ndimande

HyDrop

HyDrop is a foot operated tap, which has been designed to save up to 74% of water and optimise hygiene. It works by a person using their foot to press a foot pedal which dispenses water and stops when the foot is removed from the pedal. It is non-electronic and works on simple principles of mechanics.

Ntando Ndimande

Mfanelo S’phelele Calvin Ndlovu

Self-Sustaining Energy and Water Conservation System

The innovation extracts methane gas from biomass and converts this energy into electricity. There are two streams of biomass used by the system which includes faecal matter from pit latrines and animals, as well as organic waste such as banana and orange peels.

Mfanelo S’phelele Calvin Ndlovu

Siphiwe Zuma

Backpack Umbrella

The innovation is a retractable backpack umbrella that protects an individual from the rain or harmful UV rays. Ultimately, the straps of the backpack will contain a mechanism that will allow you to pull the straps and open the umbrella, adjust its height to the user’s preference and close and retract the umbrella back into the backpack.

Siphiwe Zuma

Mpumzi Swana

Mobi-Air

Mobi-Air is a hybrid system which uses thermal energy storage as its medium of cooling. Water or a liquid substance is frozen to a set temperature using a refrigeration condensing unit with a single-phase plug (normal domestic power that we use in our households) at night, when electricity is at its cheapest. The energy stored in that liquid substance will be used to cool the tent or marquee during the day for a given number of hours, without any electrical connection. This results in huge energy savings and convenience for the user.

Mpumzi Swana

Joash Govindsamy

GreenGold Technology

GreenGold Technology developed a farming methodology that is environmentally sustainable based on a closed loop system. In this system, there exists a symbiotic relationship between fish and phytoplankton (a microorganism) where one tank contains fish which produce harmful waste products such as carbon dioxide and ammonia and the other tank contains phytoplankton that convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and convert the ammonia into biomass. The water is now free of harmful waste which makes it suitable for the fish to survive.

Joash Govindsamy

Blessing Nzuza

Respo Mobile App

Respo is a mobile app solution that uses GPS technology to find the exact location of a patient and also notifies the next of kin when an emergency occurs. This solution is aimed at reducing the time it takes for an ambulance to reach a patient, resulting in more lives saved during medical emergencies.

Blessing Nzuza