- A young woman, Monni Mokwena, won the Engen Pitch and Polish competition held in Sandton over the weekend, with a genius invention
- Mokwena invented a toilet that uses less than half a litre of water to flush
- She was motivated by the lack of flushing toilets in rural villages
Monni Mokwena is the epitome of black excellence. The 25-year-old designed a toilet that does not only save underprivileged people money, but it also preserves water.
Mokwena pitched her idea at the Engen Pitch and Polish competition and she was crowed the regional winner.
The young inventor was inspired by her upbringing in Bakenberg village in Mokopane, Limpopo. Mokwena was one among many living in rural areas who did not have the pleasure of flushing toilets.
According to The Sowetan, Mokwena also saw her gogo spend a lot of money to pay someone to fetch water.
"I am a rural girl. Toilets are a serious problems in our community. My grandmother still spends a substantial amount of money of her pension to pay people who get her water from far," she said.
She started doing research and found that the everyday toilet was invented over 400 years ago. Briefly.co.za gathered she came up with plans and her invention uses less than a litre of water.
"I realised that the mountain of the s-shaped pipe at the back of the toilet is the one that makes the toilet to use a lot of water. This was created to prevent the smell from coming back to the house. We've cut that 'mountain'," Mokwena said.
Mokwena's new "swallowing toilet" uses a flexible pipe instead of the s-shaped one and because it swallows the waste, the toilet only requires 400 millilitres of water - opposed to the 13 litres of water a normal toilet uses.
Taking to social media, Mokwena gushed about the competition where she pitched her idea before walking away the winner.
"Just imagine, a poor girl like me with my poor English, from the village pitching and competing with/to the most sophisticated people. And, I made to the top. Bafowethu - Let's keep pushing but never forget to pray hey.... the competition is too much there," she wrote on Facebook.
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