Three winners are crowned after pitching their innovations to a panel of judges at the SABS Design Institute in Pretoria
Nationally, 20 JA South Africa Enterprise or Entrepreneurship Academy Programme learners were selected as finalists of the Young Movers Competition, which is sponsored by Transnet.
The 20 shortlisted students attended design clinic sessions to deepen their understanding of the design thinking process and to polish their pitches. Then they presented their innovative ideas to a panel of judges: Polisa Magqibelo of the SABS Design Institute, JASA MD Nelly Mofokeng and Power Masemola, a businessperson in Pretoria and former JASA facilitator.
In first place is Terri-Lee Heuvel, from Kensington High in the Western Cape, with her innovation of a watch that can monitor your health, such as glucose levels for diabetics. Here Terri-Lee is pictured with our judges.
In this video she talks about her device and also about the challenges of being the general manager of her school team company on the Enterprise Programme.
Taking second place, also from Kensington High, is Reece Van der Merwe, who came up with the idea of a wristband with an app that allows parents to locate their children and be alerted if their children stray too far. He also envisions this app as a platform for parents to engage with each other.
Azenathi Mamane from Ngwenyathi High School in East London came in third with her idea of a device on wheels that can detect biodegradable and non-biodegradable rubbish in the ground. Here she talks about what inspired her to come up with an innovation that can detect plastic rubbish and remove it from the environment.
The competition – a joint initiative between Transnet, SABS Design Institute and JA South Africa – is aimed at building a culture of design, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst high school learners. This is the fifth year that the competition has been running.
We would like to say a very big thank you to our sponsor Transnet and partner SABS Design Institute, which has made this competition possible. Photos were taken by Lipalesa Jane Makoele.