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August 18, 2018

Meet South African man Zuko Mandlakazi whose invention helps deaf people [photos]

A young man from South Africa Zuko Mandlakazi invented a groundbreaking device that could potentially save the lives of millions of deaf people.

Mandlakazi saw a need to help deaf people identify danger without the ability to hear, so he invented a device that detects sound and lets the user know via vibration and a LED light.

He founded Senso, a wristband that detects possible danger through sound. The band then sends the information to the person wearing it through vibrations and a LED light.

The young entrepreneur observed his environment and saw there was a need for something to help deaf people be more aware of their surroundings.

“I saw the brutality that people with the same conditions as my aunt went through," Mandlakazi reveals. He also shared a post on Twitter with the words: "On particularly hard days, when you feel you can’t endure, remind yourself that your track record for getting through bad days is 100% so far."

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Early on his developing stages, the young inventor got an offer of half a million rand for 50% shares in his business but he turned down the offer adding Senso was worth much more.

SME South Africa reported Mandlakazi said he had a gut feeling that the money was not enough for the product he developed.

It was gathered that he already had R500,000 (N122,0475) seed money, which won from several entrepreneurial competitions. He has since then built up his business and managed to get R1.2 million (N292,914,000) over four months.


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