JONGA: Meet the creators of one of SA's cheapest security systems

JONGA: Meet the creators of one of SA's cheapest security systems

- JONGA is an affordable home security system looking to revolutionise the industry within South Africa

- The local company is the brainchild of inventor, Ntsako Mgiba, along with the support from the Santam Safety Ideas project

- The ingenious system is ideal for low-income households due to the low cost of the technology

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Ntsako Mgiba visited his aunt in Witbank one night when thieves broke in and burgled her house while the occupants were sleeping.

Incidentally, Witbank experienced the highest number of residential burglaries as per the annual crime statistics report released by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

It is these factors which inspired the birth of JONGA.

Jonga means to ‘look’ or ‘watch’ in Xhosa.

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Although many security systems already exist, their high cost makes them unsuitable for the majority of South Africans.

The dilemma is that impoverished areas are generally the hardest hit by crime.

Mgiba was determined to find a solution but with technology that remained affordable.

JONGA works by sending a notification to your paired smartphone once one of the motion sensors are triggered.

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The sensor is wireless so makes re-positioning easy and cuts out the cost of cabling.

Upon the receipt of the notification, the home owner can then hit a panic button, which sends an alert to neighbours and the local policing forum.

Mgiba founded JONGA along with Ntandoyenkosi Shezi and Matthew Tait while he was busy with his second year of studies at the University of Cape Town.

The founders applied for JONGAS’s entry into the Santam Safety Ideas campaign and the innovative idea won first prize, resulting in a cash injection of R200 000.

The South African reported that JONGA’s owners have taken the wise decision to enter into the market cautiously.

Following a rigorous consumer review, it is fitting that the first units will be supplied to Litha Park residents in Khayelitsha. understands that despite future growth, JONGA remains determined to stay true to the principle of ‘justice for all.’

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