- A teenage boy has become the owner of an export business after creating a genius invention
- Jay Van Der Walt created a silicon GPS mounting bracket that attaches to bicycles for hiking on mountains and off roads
- His product proved to be gold and soon saw Jay exporting it across he world
A young man from Pretoria is flying the SA flag high after his invention led him to a lot of success. Jay Van Der Walt used creative thinking to invent a GPS system that could be mounted to a motorcycle during offroad sports.
According to Jay, he had always wanted to start a business after his dad told him it was the only way he would be "truly free". Soon thereafter an idea to create silicon GPS mounting brackets for motorcycles used during a sport called "hard enduro." During which motorcycles need to hike up mountains.
After his dad entered a hard enduro challenge in Lesotho, Jay noticed one of the top riders had been finding a makeshift way to attach his GPS to his bike.
“I’d seen Graham Jarvis [a British rider, considered to be one of the world's best] cut out holes in his handlebar foam and secure the GPS units in the cut-out using wire and duct tape. But I thought there must be a better solution,” he says in a Business Insider article.
Just as Jay set about designing his prototype, family friends purchased a 3-D printer which he was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to use. After testing it, he realised his device actually worked well. He then produced 30 more.
“The problem with producing from a 3D printed plastic mould is that the product looks a bit rough around the edges,. What we needed was a proper CNC-machined aluminium mould that’s been sandblasted and polished so that the final product has a high-end look and feel.”
Given the cost of aluminium, Jay simply couldn't afford it. That's when a friend of his father's, who was based in India, stepped in and was able to produce the mould seven times cheaper. Soon Jay was selling a hundred units a month.
Not long after that, people started stealing his idea. Jay then decided to upgrade his product, distinguishing it from the rest. He has also since patented the idea to make sure this time no one else cashes in from his creativity.
Although the impact of Covid-19 has diminished sales, he’s had a flood of export inquiries from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
“Due to Covid-19 we’re currently selling about 50 products a month but about 50% of that is exports,. Because enduro is such a niche sport, we really want to target the export market in a big way.”
In other news about youngsters doing well, Briefly.co.za also reported that it has been blessings after blessings for two children, Teresiah Nyakinyua and James Mwangi, who were captured fighting on how many pencils and rubbers they could buy.
The sibling duo became an internet sensation after their viral video emerged on social media, prompting many people of goodwill to come to their aid after a radio presenter, Muthee Kiengei, shared photos revealing the deplorable conditions the family of seven children and their parents were living in.
The latest blessing Nyakinyua and Mwangi brought to their family is a brand-new permanent house, which is now complete, and the once-poor family, who lived in a shanty made of mud will no longer experience cold nights any more.
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