- A Pretoria man, 27, has come up with an innovative idea to redesign wheelchairs
- The innovation assist wheelchair bound people move easily in high rise buildings
- He redesigns used wheelchairs with a turnaround time of 24 hours
By Shirley Mathakga - Freelance Journalist
27-year-old Ernest Majenge from Pretoria has come up with a wheelchair design that is able to climb stairs, to help make mobility easier for people living with disabilities. Majenge's innovative idea to redesign existing wheelchairs began when he saw wheelchair confined residents struggle to access high rise buildings which were rarely wheelchair friendly. He also saw disabled children using wheelchairs that were well beyond their lifetime design.
He offered wheelchair repairs for used wheelchairs with a turnaround time of 24 hours, to avoid leaving users stranded. That is how he was able to market his services to his target market.
Majenge says the business was established in 2018, but it was hard to get it off the ground immediately as potential investors did not believe in his idea. He struggled to get funding but did not give up.
He fixed one wheelchair at a time until he was able to attract a French investor who injected much needed cash into the project. He spent six months developing the prototype. To date, the qualified account is the owner of 911 Wheelchair Doctor, the name of his company.
"I am also looking to develop a wheelchair that will be suitable for rural area conditions, that will ensure sustainability and long life span" he said.
He plans to open a warehouse and provide his services all over the country.
" It is in times like these where as young people we should stand out and be innovators and take part in the country's economy," he added.
Previously, Briefly News reported Majenge's innovation went viral online. Photos of the wheelchair was posted on Kasi Economy's Twitter page.
The post was captioned:
"This young man has invented a wheelchair that can easily move up and down and climb stairs. Make him famous. Please retweet."
South Africans applauded the young entrepreneur's innovation and one person even said he was "reinventing the wheel."
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Source: Briefly News