Rori Mpete and Thoriso Thobejane are two friends who saw a need and found an ingenious solution for it. They came up with a way to save water while also creating jobs at the same time. It's this kind of innovation that will take South Africa far.
It was in 2016 that Rori and Thoriso first realised that litres of precious drinking water was being flushed down toilets and completely wasted.
The two friends from Tshwane decided to do something about it, and TnM Innovations was born. It has since been renamed as Loo Afrique.
A funny and uncomfortable bathroom incident led to the first ideas that led to the two friends thinking up great innovations.
SowetanLIVE reports that Rori was forced to use the fresh water from the cistern to wash his hands - something he laughed about later with his friend.
The two later realised that his little solution could be taken further and turned it into a business plan.
They designed 3 smart inventions - The Evo Flush, the Loo Cap, and the Pee Basin.
The Evo Flush is a new toilet system that minimises water use and only uses half the normal amount of water.
The Loo Cap is a washbasin that fits onto the toilet cistern. This lets a person wash their hands while they flush, saving water use.
The Pee Basin is a urinal that is also fitted with a basin.
These systems can all be fitted onto existing systems.
While these innovations may sound pretty simple, they're very effective, and the Loo Afrique company won the Gauteng Accelerator Township Economy (GATE) Innovation Competition.
The company will be taken into an incubation programme, and the two friends will receive the support they need to make their dreams a reality.
We aspire to change many lives in our townships; not only in saving water and improving hygiene, but also in job creation.
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