Innovations

South African doctor makes skin graft breakthrough

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.

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hospital, western cape department of health

The school bag that turns into a light at night

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.


SA doctors develop affordable heart valves

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.


Elon Musk reveals battery to power homes

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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