Innovation Awards 2011

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An open mind creates limitless opportunities to address social conditions. We call this process innovation. – Jerry Greenfield, American businessman (1951-)



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we know that through invention.Foreword I t is a progressive truism that business – the engine of economic growth – can only prosper if it further enables opportunities for entrepreneurship. The long-term vision underpinning the SAB Foundation’s programmes is to ignite a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa. In October 2011 we celebrate the SAB Foundation’s very first Innovation Awards which targets innovations that address the challenges faced in the daily lives of people living in low income areas. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 1 Production Booklet alt. which leads to new employment opportunities in the South African economy. which is the life-blood of economic and social development across the world. At the South African Breweries (SAB).indd 3 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . people living with disabilities and people living in rural areas. We are confident this will contribute towards the South African government’s goal of establishing South Africa as an entrepreneurial nation. namely women. youth. Prize monies are invested with the intention of benefitting some of society’s most vulnerable. and more specifically innovation. entrepreneurs can create new markets and businesses.

the stove can save the user at least 33% of their monthly electricity bill due to its high efficiency rate. It also cooks food faster at high power and uses less fuel to get the chore done. In 2005 alone. Thousands within those same areas are harmed or killed each year as a result of raging shack fires caused by the use of unsafe paraffin appliances. according to the designers. it’s healthier to use in the home. And because it’s clean burning and produces less than half the amount of carbon monoxide required by law. The South African market for paraffin devices is between 2 and 5 million households (core paraffin and mixed energy use). paraffin as their primary source of fuel (Stats 2007). Low quality paraffin stoves also contribute to indoor pollution.Innovation: Arivi Paraffin Stove Contact: Anya Calantzis Telephone: 012 643 0996 Email: anya@trstrl. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 2 Production Booklet alt. The plan is to extend this reach into Africa where the need is between 5 and 10 million units and the rest of the world between 15 and 30 million. claimed to be the world’s safest and most economical appliance of its kind and specifically designed for use in low-income households dependent on paraffin. A prototype of the stove has been tested extensively with consumers and Terrestrial hopes to further refine it before finally going to market. the Cape Town Fire Department recorded the destruction 8 693 dwellings likely caused by faulty paraffin devices. It is also the first paraffin stove to ever pass the stringent South African SANS 1906:2006 safety tests and is SABS approved. Calantzis Design (Pty) Ltd ta Terrestrial has come up with a practical and novel solution to this problem – the Arivi Paraffin Stove. The product’s x-factor is that the flame selfextinguishers immediately when the stove is titled. guaranteeing that the appliance does not ignite or explode if knocked M ore than 900 000 households within informal settlements make use of SA General Household Survey Added to this.indd 4 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . causing respiratory ailments.

indd 5 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . basic HIV and AIDS knowledge and how to plan for the future of their families and employees. Seventy-five percent of the participants are women. their families and the communities the business serves. Many of them have indicated that further training is required in order for them to run their businesses effectively. by combining business and life skills training through HIV and AIDS information and education. workshops can be held in a rural village. participants are given a follow-up call to find out what it is they had learnt. offer them support. Since 2004 BizAIDS has provided at least 45 jobs for trainers who implement the programme around SA. According to SABCOHA.Innovation: BizAIDS Programme Contact: Dorothy Phahla Telephone: 011 880 4821 Email: Dorothy@sabcoha. It is practical and easy to implement and the knowledge gained is transferable. There is no need for costly equipment or sophisticated venues. a garage. The BizAIDS methodology is based on practical information and assistance designed to have an immediate impact at a personal and business level. The next phase is for BizAIDS to provide training to more than 2000 business owners with a focus on strengthening their skills gained during past workshops and through the helpdesk. One of these businesses closing can have a devastating impact on employees. specifically small and micro enterprises. Concepts of HIV and AIDS prevention. It offers capacity building of business owners and partners by training them in management T he South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids’ (SABCOHA) the BizAIDS and addresses health threatening and integrated manner are also included. which offer the majority of employment in the developing world. the most vulnerable to HIV and AIDS and to economic hardships. The programme takes place over 2 days and 3 months after. sustainable economic growth and limiting the impact of HIV and AIDS are two major challenges facing South African businesses. business advice and 30 000 small business owners and some of their partners have participated in the training. PAGE 3 programme empowerment of micro-enterprises and the people involved with them. school or prison. To date. testing and treatment in a non- SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE Production Booklet alt. These enterprises also have limited profit margins and limited support mechanisms.

has granted Marishane an audience with global organisations.indd 6 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . around 2. Simply put. The lotion/ gel is a proprietary blend of biocide.” says Marishane. Marishane developed DryBath. “It’s easy to use and needs minimal water use. Marishane Africans claims that if once all a South week. change to the country with his unique innovation. Oxfam and WaterAid.7 billion people do not have access to adequate water and sanitation. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 4 Production Booklet alt. According to the United Nations. used DryBath water consumption would be curbed by an approximate 14% or 163 million litres of water per annum (calculated at 70lt x 45 million people x52 days) He says the product also decreases the high cost of water treatment and allows governments to focus on more efficient and equitable water distribution. DryBath is an alternative to the everyday ritual of bathing. DryBath.Innovation: DryBath Contact: Ludwick Marishane Telephone: 078 635 5818 Email: Lmarishane@gmail. a waterless hygiene solution. Just apply DryBath to your skin and you’re done. You no longer need a T wenty-one year old Ludwick Marishane is a young man seeking to bring positive More than 3 years of research and development. This equates to the same number of individuals living on less than R16 per day. bioflavonoids and moisturisers and is the world’s first germicidal bath substitution. including the intended social benefits of DryBath. who says his product was developed to save the lives of 2 million destitute people who suffer and die from treatable diseases such as trachoma and diarrhoea due to water being inaccessible. while in high school and he’s confident the product will tackle existing hygiene and water consumption problems in a manner that has never been used before.

E DGE Campus.” says Kim. Tae-Hoi Paul Kim believes can make a difference in millions of learners lives. their parents quite often are not educated and their schools are failing to provide them with a proper education. A survey conducted by the Youth Research Unit at the University of South Africa (UNISA) found that 98%-99% of high school learners across all school types owned a cell phone.indd 7 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . MXit. The company has already launched two educational mobile games available on the mobile social networking site. They have little access to textbooks. Kim says that gaming is starting to become one of the most powerful mediums available to reshape the end user’s behaviour and attitude towards topics. a mobile gaming company founded to help tackle the education opposed to one-way communication via text or video.” SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 5 Production Booklet alt.Innovation: EDGE Campus Contact: Tae-Hoi Paul Kim Telephone: 021 883 9820 Email: crisis in South Africa. particularly from the lower socio-economic classes. “The use of gaming allows us to present material in an engaging and interactive format as a meaningful impact on the lives of South Africans. These learners currently have nowhere else to turn to. who with an education will have a better opportunity at being ideas and situations or even an organisation. EDGE Campus envisions that they will have “In essence our goal is to provide learners. is an innovative local product that co-founder. with an education that will empower them to tackle their future with confidence.

The social impact of FoodPods is significant. a Western Cape based to this dire need and food security in the region and the concept has successfully been tested in Khayelitsha. The FoodPod initial focus on the Western Cape comes from recorded research used.indd 8 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . growing selling own vegetable produce for their financial “We will be able to address the food security of scores of individuals and families in a practical and sustainable way. BeAfrica. BeAfrica believes FoodPods is the response Distributors. by people not accustomed to doing so”. cannot learn.Innovation: Foodpods Contact: Heinrich Ungerer Telephone: 021 442 9600 Email: heinrich@beafrica. F ood security is the inspiration behind FoodPods. Vegetable seedlings are planted directly into this soil. supporting South Africa’s initiatives around education are and HIV/Aids and prevention.” says Charl van Rensburg of BeAfrica. While the FoodPods concept is not entirely new. developers of the concept. it also offers individuals the opportunity to become and FoodPod their innovation. undernourished and people suffering from HIV/Aids need nutritional sustenance. A FoodPod is a standard crate or palette that holds around 35 vegetable seedlings and takes approximately 10 minutes to build from scratch. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 6 Production Booklet alt. But providing a sustainable source of food for communities is not the only advantage of FoodPods. including exerts from the World Health Organisation. “Without food security children go hungry. a Cape Town township. describe it as a “user-friendly means of growing food in conditions not normally conducive to agriculture.” says van Rensburg. The base of the crate is lined with hessian fabric and filled with sand and compost. The FoodPod’s mobility makes it easy to move into sunlight and to taps for watering. showing that less than 5% of the province’s inhabitants engage in any form of agriculture or growing of food. with the added benefit of creating the opportunity for enterprising individuals within poor communities to start their own businesses. its developers say that the product and the way in which it is applied on site is “innovative and even ground-breaking”.co.

e. Organically grown vegetables are sold to local consumers who want to make a difference. It supports between 1 500 and 2 500 home based vegetable gardens per annum and 50 to 100 micro-farming community projects of 3000 farmers and their families which equates to approximately 15 000 direct beneficiaries per annum. attempts to alleviate poverty by creating self-employment initiatives i.” SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 7 Production Booklet alt. The majority of staff are unemployed women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Micro-farming creates food security for whole families year round on as little as The next step for Abalimi is to grow their existing model to its fullest potential as a localised system that can be perfectly replicated nationwide.Innovation: Harvest of Hope – Ambali Bezekhaya Contact: Robert Small Telephone: 021 371 1653 Email: rsmall@xsinet. says Robert Small of Abalimi. in the Western Cape’s notorious Cape Flats townships through micro-farming growing vegetables and other food items in home gardens. meaning the Farmers of Home. community gardens and small farms. along with a defined chain of continuum. Abalimi was founded in the early 1980s as a NGO working to improve sustainable food production and nature conservation in organic micro-farms amongst the poor in Cape Town. The unemployment rate in the Cape Flats townships is between 30% and 40%. “Abalimi has developed a process which guarantees that farming succeeds among the unemployed and undereducated.indd 9 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . in other towns and cities “This is a first of its kind in South Africa and the model is highly replicable and will work anywhere there are people with money who want to buy fresh food and other people who are happy to grow that A balimi Bezekhaya. 100m square per family and full time jobs worth up to R3000 per month per” says Small. The organisation works out of two non-profit garden centres/nurseries in the townships of Khayelitsha and Nyanga.

There is no possibility of providing bus transport mainly due to the condition of the roads and transport logistics. The hi fambeni shows what is possible when harnessing technology and design that is geared towards the needs of the people. an innovative solution to transporting children in rural areas to school. combines design. RETECZA is a public private initiative formed by the Department of Science and Technology. was designed to provide mobility in rural areas as a demonstrator of what is possible to transport goods without the need for fossil fuels. a hydrogen powered bike. technology and an environmentally friendly solution to address the need in rural areas and in particular that of learners in those communities needing to get to school.Innovation: hi fambeni (Let’s Go!) Contact: Robert James Telephone: 012 382 2997 Email: bondrj@tut. the focus has shifted towards designing a solar powered donkey cart.” says Robert James of the Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA). a section 21 company which develops technological solutions to improve the lives of rural communities.” says James. A hi fambeni’s 250W motor is powered by a high temperature hydrogen fuel cell. The concept. Technology used to design and build the hi fambeni has been adapted for use in kilometres to school or staying at home. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 8 Production Booklet alt. or inadequate combined means with rural communities. Tswane University of Technology. Georgia Institute of Technology. The hydrogen bike transportation. lack of. propelled the hi fambeni (let’s go) into development. “Children are walking upwards of 10 infrastructural challenges in South Africa’s rural communities.indd 10 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . With this phase complete and successfully proven to T he of. “Transport in rural areas features low down on the list of priorities of government. Next Generation Vehicles Consortium and a group of South African companies. Every community we have spoken to is excited about the possibility of having a novel transport system especially developed for their needs.

saving transportation costs of people living in rural areas. Parmanand says that additional mobile units would aid in increasing testing capacities by ‘taking the tests to the people’. The Learner Shuttle Bus addresses this challenge by making provision for more tests to be conducted. gov. The Road Traffic Inspectorate Pietermaritzburg is a component of the Department of Transport and comprises two entities: • Daily law enforcement on National Route N3. the exam centre is situated in a developed urban area and accessing it comes at a high public transport cost. The aim of the service also allows for the prevention of fraud and corruption. It ensures that individuals who are issued with Learners Licenses do the test themselves. The Learner Shuttle Bus Service is expected to transport applicants to and from the testing centre. The mobile unit can accommodate 13 tests to be conducted at a T he by Learner the Road Bus was developed Inspectorate Centre. Previously.Innovation: Learner Bus Shuttle Service Contact: Prajen Parmanand Telephone: 033 342 3939 Email: prajen. Traffic Pietermaritzburg.parmanand@kzntransport. according to Prajen Parmanand of the Road Traffic Inspectorate. As a result of poor planning in the past. There is currently high demand at KwaZulu Natal’s 32 testing centres. • Examining of Learner/Drivers licences at Mkondeni Driving Licence and Testing Centre. lengthy waiting lists for the booking of Learners Licenses existed at Mkondeni Testing SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 9 Production Booklet alt.indd 11 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . pass and know the rules and regulations of the road. to offer more accessibility to licensing exam centres for people living in rural areas.

lack of grid infrastructure. energy and poverty powered L ifeline Energy. they provide critically poor women. MP3. manufacturing radios.” says Phillip Goodwin of Lifeline Energy. It enables groups of 60 listeners and an upgraded solar panel option can also charge cellphones. According to a report by the Journal of Education for International Development (2009). The Lifeplayer MP3 is a supplementary technology that does not replace traditional teaching methodology or educational aids.Innovation: Lifeplayer MP3 Contact: Phillip Goodwin Telephone: 021 556 2928 Email: pgoodwin@lifelinetrading. It enhances these by providing on-demand access to audio curricular content. children. wind-up developing. can make radio programming ineffective. the average student exposed to radio instruction outranked 76% of their peers who has no access to radio instruction. “Along with our educational content recording. and unlimited on-demand playback user-initiated Lifeplayer energy solarplayers. However. lights and solar panels to the humanitarian sector. Lifeline Energy has a proven track record in improving lives through the provision of information and education using radio. 5-band radio and recorder that reliably delivers ondemand programming to classrooms or communities without electricity. Working mainly in subSaharan Africa. limited affordability isolation of batteries. the geographic footprint from broadcast SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 10 Production Booklet alt. partners. It is the world’s first media player for the humanitarian sector says Goodwin. The Lifeplayer MP3 addresses this challenge by allowing the pre-loading of content. An oversized media player. designing. and by and developers addresses distributing media of the or missed broadcasts.indd 12 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . refugees and people who are ill or disabled with sustainable access to education and information.

In Africa alone. Micromune consists of microbial bacteria that accelerates the decomposition fly and of sewerage. The product has successfully been applied. the use of pit-latrines and septic tanks is still very prevalent. there will be 2. the manufacturers of Micromune. Kwazulu Natal from October 2011. Micromune reduces e coli and coliform level infections which spread through raw sewerage. since 2004.Innovation: Micromune Contact: Pragasen Ramiah Telephone: 021 437 1447 Email: pragasen@sanitationworld. In poor communities globally. 115 people die every hour from diseases linked to poor A ccording living to the World access to Health basic “Government’s ability to effectively provide basic sanitation that is safe and hygienic has been painstakingly slow at the expense of the poor.7 billion without people sanitation by 2015. poor hygiene and contaminated water. destroys mosquito municipalities providing effective sanitation solutions. Micromune can eliminate bad odours and bad bacteria in pit-latrines making rural households with pit-latrines safe and hygienic. Sanitation World. According to Sanitation World’s Pragasen Ramiah.” says Ramiah. Ramiah believes every rural household with a pit-latrine should have Micromune and Sanitation World hopes to commercialise the product into 1 litre containers. Sanitation World and works NGO’s closely in with Organisation. larvae and eliminates odour. to pit-latrines. an environmentally friendly sanitation product.indd 13 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . The company will begin servicing 6 000 pit-latrines in Newcastle. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 11 Production Booklet alt. This lack of sanitation is a serious health risk and affects especially the poor and disadvantaged. sewerage spills and water treatment works. aims to improve hygiene levels in poor communities. septic tanks.

Others in market include trailers and buses converted into internet cafés but these are expensive to maintain and run. a work motivation letter and to request application forms. to join Phasha says there is an opportunity for organisations government forces and ensure that the service assists the disadvantaged.” says Phasha. amongst others. internet. While MoveeCom and MIC is profit-driven. printing and A passion to bridge the digital divide in South Africa is the driving force Research indicates that MoveeCom MIC is a unique offering. MIC offers people from urban and deep rural areas access to information technology solutions. “I am from a rural area and I understand the lack of access to various information opportunities and access to services such as basic use of computers to needing to type a CV. typing services.Innovation: MoveeCom Mobile Internet Café Contact: Matsebe Phasha Telephone: 015 291 3839 Email: matsebe@moveecom. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 12 Production Booklet alt. MoveeCom MIC is an inexpensive solution with Peddling. Electric Motor Assist or Scooter run engines. behind Matsebe Phasha’s MoveeCom Mobile Internet Café (MoveeCom MIC). A fully function mobile internet café.indd 14 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . This includes access to a computer. photocopying.

MAAS expects to supply local hospitals.Innovation: Mthatha Agricultural Airport Services (MAAS) Contact: Fezeka Mkile Telephone: 047 536 0051 Email: fezz@vodamail. for which it has a license. Large scale tanks have been erected with an advanced irrigation system to ensure little wastage of water. Mkile says the innovation is a combination produces vegetables Eastern Cape city of Mthatha. of which 5% is currently being used. the lack of an entrepreneurial spirit amongst community members and few commercial food producers. As a the time it takes time to grown and harvest nutritional vegetables is significantly reduced compared to the conventional open field planting process.indd 15 2011/10/28 2:46 PM .za M AAS is a hydroponic fresh farm which in the as the technology recycles and redirects surplus water back to the holding tanks. Water is used optimally Once fully commercialised. weather changes do not have a major impact on growing and harvesting periods. Ownership of the company is divided into: • 40% surrounding community • 50% local entrepreneurs • 10% Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund The aim of the business is to address the challenges faced by rural people – high levels of unemployment and poverty in the area. MAAS was allocated 59 hectares of unused land surrounding the Mthatha Airport. Although technology used saves water. Hydroponic technology is used to plant and grow vegetables on gravel stones. Therefore. the hospitality industry and large retailers in and around Mthatha. “Our business addresses the problem of food security and allows rural entrepreneurs to participate in value chain creation.” says Fezeka Mkile of MAAS. of product and process. the system needs a constant supply of water as shortages can have serious implications on crops. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 13 Production Booklet alt. And the process of recycling and reusing water through technology means nutrients are not wasted and are absorbed by the soil. Mkile says that the current local municipality water supply is unreliable and MAAS would need to secure a borehole or preferably draw water from the Mthatha dam.

However. 45 million are blind. a voice-based indigenous computer for the blind. 24% of which have visual disabilities. Of Willem van der Walt. developed the Notetaker as part of the CSIR-funded National Accessibility Programme. Technology and Communications. Afrikaans and isiZulu). Blind people have proven skilful at using PC’s coupled to Braille keyboards and ‘screens’.Innovation: Notetaker Contact: Willem van der Walt Telephone: 012 841 2183 Email: WvdWalt@csir. It also provides support for multiple languages (currently includes English. has the potential to have an immediate impact on the educational and employment sectors. which is costeffective. which addresses the marginalisation of persons with disabilities from mainstream society and the economy by ensuring their inclusion at all levels through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Van der Walt.indd 16 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . which can be manufactured locally. live with visual impairment.6 million South Africans are disabled. believes the product. A conservatively estimated 2. this skill and technology is limited to very few and only imported The next phase of the project is for a production-ready prototype to be developed. Software speech is provided through various voice synthesizers with a speaking menu system. There is therefore. According to the World Health Organisation (2009). The Notetaker technology is composed of standard computer hardware configured to be portable and is battery driven with a standard keyboard. 314 million people worldwide The innovation is used by van der Walt and has successfully been tested in the market at disability conferences and workshops. who is blind. 90% living in low-income countries. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 14 Production Booklet alt. is a first in products are T he Notetaker. It has a Linux based operating system with a custom built Kernel containing the SpeakUp screen reader. a burning need for a cost-effective solution in South Africa and the Notetaker. addresses this need. South Africa and developer. It is supported by the South African National Council for the Blind and the prototype reviewed by the Departments of Science.

using no electricity. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 15 Production Booklet alt. Little water is needed for further reducing costs. The product needs no knowledge of gardening and the planting strip comes with easy to follow instructions in seven local languages. Reid simply wants to start a gardening revolution. An easy and convenient method would optimise her skills.” says Reid. which includes a set of seed growing factors (sowing depth and sowing intervals) to maximise the germination grow her own vegetables.Innovation: Reel Gardening Contact: Claire Reid Telephone: 011 782 0661 Email: claire@reelgardening. Reid developed a ‘Garden in a Box’ – a lightweight pre-packaged 10mx10m garden containing 200 metres of gardening with a planting guide and a plant-by-colour diagram. by previously unemployed mothers. which he would then purchase. Nine years later. And it’s also creating jobs. An assessment of one school based in Limpopo shows they were able to sell the produce at a small profit. It’s handmade. But while Reel Gardening markets its products to retail and corporate clients. “The Garden in a Box can be made by one woman in one day and can feed at least 100 children when harvested.indd 17 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . The unique design of the strip. Reel Gardening was born out of Reid’s childhood home kitchen where she created the unique hand-made water soluble vegetable seed strip made from biodegradable paper containing organic fertiliser and non-modified seeds. the heart of the business lies in the C laire Reid was only 16 years old when her father put the challenge to her to implementation and support of community gardens throughout South Africa. It has been implemented at 37 schools and communities across the country for the Independent Development Trust. a childhood project has grown into a fully-fledged business and passion that has gotten gardening fanatics and the lesser green-fingered alike ‘reeling’ with excitement. came about after realising that the family domestic worker could not grasp the technique of gardening.

Their unique and innovative product solutions include the Posture Seat. rural and informal settlements.indd 18 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . McDonald says that the shortage of appropriate wheelchairs results in unnecessary. Uhambo and the health and development in instrumental having posture support and seating included as a fundamental part of National Government health policy. This became the catalyst for starting ShonaQuip more than 20 years ago. Of these. says D ifficulty accessing suitable equipment or an appropriate device for her countries across urban. low-cost modular support wheelchairs will enable the company’s partner organisations to assemble the product off site in remote areas. “Our original designs have now become outdated and manufacturing process inefficient to address the demand. ShonaQuips’ next step in the journey is to further extend the reach of its products by redesigning more and manufacturing and the cost concepts conveniently daughter born with cerebral palsy. Madiba Buggy and Seating Posture Box. the with has need its been for 450 000 and 500 000 people in need of wheelchairs. South Africa is home to between effectively. The new flat-pack. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 16 Production Booklet alt. The company manufacturers a range of innovative modular wheelchairs and seating supports for people living in low income Foundation. social working closely industry. which today has provided posture buggies and posture chairs to more than 50 000 children living with mobility disabilities in underresourced regions of South Added to this.Innovation: ShonaQuip Contact: Shona McDonald Telephone: 021 797 8239 Email: shona@shonaquip. Shona McDonald set out to design South Africa’s first battery-powered full body support buggy. these problems reduce our ability to impact the lives of millions of children living in remote areas in Africa and other underdeveloped regions of the world”. ShonaQuip. more than 330 000 will need adaptations and further postural support products and services to prevent the development of serious secondary health complications. Although we have already helped over 50 000 children. costly and devastating health and social problems for both the wheelchair users and the families who support them. over 500 000 children in South Africa do not have access to appropriate wheelchairs and accessible community based seating support services.

This is achievable by treating the SME invoice as an asset that can be converted into working capital. For the first time in South T he Invoice Exchange (TIE) is a webbased company that supports and the blue-chip company. The more working capital they can access. TIE is 100% black-owned and comprises a management team with experience in structured finance. the more goods and services they can provide and the more people they can employ. SME’s need access to working capital so that they can deliver on tenders from blue-chip companies. Tito Mbatha of TIE describes the innovation as ‘the market place for invoices’. “South Africa needs fledgling SME’s in enables small and medium sized enterprises who supply blue-chip companies. The TIE business model converts the weak credit profile of an SME to the default risk of order to create jobs. to sell their invoices on an exchange and receive payment within 24 hours rather than the standard 30-days after invoice. “We provide a way by which financial institutions can earn prime rates for highly rated bluechip company paper and our online platform assists SME’s to alleviate their cash flow constraints. debt collection litigation and payment systems development. Another challenge is that SMEs often cannot wait as long as 30 days to be paid for their services. SME’s in South Africa and around world face the challenge of accessing working capital.” says Mbatha. Because of this. banks and financial institutions view them as a credit risk. SMEs will have an online standing credit window as long as they are supplying blue-chip companies.Innovation: The Invoice Exchange Contact: Tito Mbatha Telephone: 072 336 1057 Email: titogibs@gmail.indd 19 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 17 Production Booklet alt.” says Mbatha.

org. and implementation plan for an innovative rural development centre of best practice for the much needed education and socioeconomic upliftment of local communities in the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (VBR). The centre will be based on the land that the Kharivha community has re-claimed through the land restitution process and will aim to create a model for post-restitution land settlement best practice.Innovation: Vhembe Centre for Sustainable Rural Development Contact: Nicholas Heinamann Telephone: 011 706 5614 Email: nic@afristar. Beneficiaries are residents of the Vhembe District. and that this can form the basis of an alternative development strategy for communities.indd 20 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . where learners gain experience in all aspects of the operation SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 18 Production Booklet alt. The underlying concept is that there is a wealth of untapped natural heritage and social capital that can be mobilised to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. leaders for a transferring sustainable and skills. the centre will create youth provide inspiration and ideas for low cost appropriate-technology solutions for African V hembe Centre for Sustainable Rural Development aims to create a business of the farm’s interdependent business units as part of their education. stretching from Vivo in the West to the Kruger National Park. Inhabitants live in marginal conditions and below the poverty line with limited access to financial resources or skills development to improve their quality of life. generating entrepreneurship knowledge future and opportunities. The focus is on 13 settlements at the base of the western Soutpansberg which falls under the Kutuma Sinthamule Local Communities with an estimated population of 100 000. Focused on education. The intention is to create a sustainable development appropriate technology school and organic farm.

It is then tapped from the spigot into a container e. The Vhembe filter is a free-standing. Bolton believes that his product may prove to be a successful and effective water treatment system for South African citizens living in rural areas. Martin Bolton. a constant problem is created because when water is consumed within the household. cooking pot.martin@gmail.Innovation: Vhembe Water Filter Contact: Martin Bolton Telephone: 011 559 1005 Email: Bolton. such as communal taps and borehole pumps. drinking cup. and collects in the translucent receptacle. a It consists of ceramic filter three main plastic components. a number of modifications were needed for use in rural areas. Water is poured into and flows through the ceramic filter element. cost effective and sustainable water resources. wire hanging handle. only 74% of South African households have access to safe water. to assess its effectiveness and suitability. its health related microbial quality has deteriorated to a point where it is ‘unsafe’ to drink. gravity fed ceramic water filter for use in rural right of all South African citizens to be provided with efficient. While the filter is a development of an existing filtration technology.g. SAB FOUNDATION BROCHURE PAGE 19 Production Booklet alt. This contamination occurs in the plastic vessels used to transport and store the water in the household cooking area until used. Bolton says that while safe water supplies have been introduced into rural areas in various forms. The outcome is a filter design ready for batch manufacture and testing within rural areas. a bent element (existing technology by Potters I nnovator of the Vhembe Water Filter. The Vhembe Water Filter removes this health risk. advocates the democratic for Peace) and an existing plastic spigot. Intensive research on the needs of rural users informed the design.indd 21 2011/10/28 2:46 PM . All the components are injection moulded using food-grade polypropylene plastic. lowcost. According to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (2007).

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