- An Eastern Cape teenager invented a genius way to fire-proof shacks
- She entered her idea into the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, and has already received attention from numerous people
- However, Twitter users fear for her life, saying ‘they’ kill those who come up with great inventions
A grade 12 pupil from the Collegiate Girls' High School in Port Elizabeth, had come up with a genius invention, which she entered into the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.
Gabriella Mogale’s invention would prevent shacks from burning to a crisp, but she admitted she doubted her idea was good enough for the Expo.
The teen said her teacher convinced her to enter the Eskom Expo because she was not sure her idea was good enough, adding it did not seem “compatible with all the other projects.”
Briefly.co.za learned Mogale drew inspiration from the 2017 Knysna wildfires, which left countless people without homes.
"When I saw the Knysna fires‚ I thought ‘why hasn’t someone done something about this because for years‚ informal settlements have been going up in flames’‚” Mogale said.
It reported took Mogale a month to come up with the fire-proof shack concept, and she had to build her own mini shack for testing.
Mogale added her invention was still in the early stages and was an improvement of an existing idea.
Her concept focuses around insulating shacks, which would act as a barrier between the corrugated iron and the inside and outside of the shack, TimesLIVE reported.
“This would also insulate the shack from the cold and heat‚” she said.
However, Mogale did not want to get into the details of her project, only adding her invention includes shacks being plastered with a special cement mix on the outside and insulated with recyclable good on the inside.
Her idea wowed South Africans across the country, with countless people singing her praise.
However, some South Africans fear for her life, adding she should be safe from people who would want to steal her idea.
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