Trends and growth
Long-time friends Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane have come up with an idea to make life
easier for children in poor communities: bags made from upcycled shopping bags that
have built-in solar technology. The bag charges up in the day, and transforms into a light at night.
Four South African innovations have beat a record 925 applications from 41 countries to the
punch, and are among 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2015. Among them are a
green minicab service and a fire detection alert.
The Chamber of Mines building in Johannesburg will now be powered by a 100kW fuel cell that runs
on platinum and natural gas – a showcase of the potential South Africa has to become a significant
player in the manufacture of platinum power fuel cell technology.
South Africa's high rate of unemployment, poverty and extreme inequality call for bold and far-
sighted interventions, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu told the Global
Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan, Italy, last week.
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