- Blessing Nzuza witnessed how a man fought for his life while paramedics took extremely long to respond
- Based on the inefficiency on display, Nzuza was inspired to create ‘Respo’ – an app that enables users to instantly locate and call the nearest paramedics and shares their location
- Nzuza’s app earned R750 000 worth of funding to assist with its development and is launching in July
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Durban-based entrepreneur, Blessing Nzuza, took a leisurely stroll on the beach when he came across a crowd that gathered around a man fighting for his life.
The victim was stabbed by a drug addict while on the beach and everyone waited for paramedics to arrive.
Nzuza was shocked to see that paramedics didn’t arrive at all and someone eventually contacted an Uber driver out of desperation.
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The unsavoury episode inspired Nzuza to create an app called Respo.
Respo is an innovative app that aims to reduce the response times of emergency medical staff.
It links the user with the nearest paramedics, while sharing their co-ordinates using GPS technology.
Briefly.co.za understands the app will launch in July on Google Play and iStore services.
The fact that Respo users would complete their personal information should greatly reduce the number of hoax requests that paramedics normally receive.
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City Press reported that Respo would initially be rolled out to users in rural KZN, where demand for medical assistance far outstrips supply.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur initially studied civil engineering, but has embarked on various business plans.
However, Respo could be the jewel in the crown, with SmartXchange, a Durban-based enterprise development hub, showing faith and funding R500 000 towards its development.
Respo received a further boost when it received R250 000 in business support from Ithala, a development finance organisation.
Des de Fortier, technical director at Knowledge Mentoring Institute, cautions that the road may still be a challenging one for Nzuza and company.
According to him, numerous technical and compliance pitfalls must be overcome for apps to have a chance to become successful.
He also added that up to 70% of local apps don’t actually work so recommends rigorous testing on various platforms to avoid disaster.
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