Dr Wayne Kleintjes has pioneered a ground-breaking technique to graft skin – quickly and cost-
effectively – that is expected to have far-reaching benefits for burn victims. As well as being
affordable, it uses the patient's own skin cells and so does not run a rejection risk.
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.
A simple plastic heart valve designed to treat rheumatic heart disease in a cost-effective and
accessible way has been developed by a South African company, helping the 1.4-million sufferers
of the disease – the vast majority of whom live in the developing world.
A solar-powered battery that allows home owners to go completely off-grid has been unveiled by
South African-born and raised technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who believes his company's
latest innovation will help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world".
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