- Mbuyiselo Sokuwe and Selaelo Mojela work for Denel Mechem
- They partnered to create a robotic device that helps to disarm explosives
- They travel to different parts of the world to clear explosives left behind after conflicts
Two South African innovators created a robotic device that helps to disarm explosives in war zones.
SowetanLIVE reports that Mbuyiselo Sokuwe and Selaelo Mojela both work for Mechem, a division of defence equipment manufacturer Denel.
They invented the device in 2016 and have been developing an improved prototype since then, Briefly.co.za learned.
The robotic device is remote controlled when in operation in dangerous areas. It collects air samples from these areas using a vacuum-like suction process.
When the device is returned to base, trained dogs sniff the air samples to detect smells of explosives. This way, Mechem officials determine whether or not there are explosives in the surveyed areas.
The 36-year-old Free State-born Mbuyiselo, who is the son of farm workers, said:
We [Mechem] are contracted by the UN to travel to countries across the world to clear out explosives of war that are left behind.
Mbuyiselo and Selaelo have been displaying their innovation at the ongoing Brics 2018 Future Skills and Challenge Expo in Midrand, Johannesburg.
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