Teen, 17, creates app to help Saffas with taxi maths: “Love it”

- A local teenager has invented an app that will assist many South Africans on their daily commute

- At the tender age of 17, Sphephelo Mabena has created an app that reduces the stress of taxi maths, as it calculates the required amount of change

- It is available in English, Sesotho or IsiZulu and the young tech whizz has already featured on radio and television to talk about his software

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South Africa has a massive skills shortage in the ICT sector and IT experts are therefore highly sought after.

A local teen is well on his way to making his mark in the industry with the release of his innovative app, which takes the hassle out of taxi maths.

South Africans who have travelled by taxi would know that there are many days when one of the passengers is tasked with collecting the fare and calculating the required change.

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For many, it's a stressful affair to determine the exact change and this brilliant app could make things a little easier.

Twitter user ISEGAZINI (@LeighDibaks) shared news of the groundbreaking invention and the details of the inventor:

"Sphephelo Mabena is a 16 year old boy from my school who created an app that'll reduce the stress of taxi maths. It's called 4Local and is available on playstore. It's simple and very easy to use and you have options of being guided in English, Sesotho or IsiZulu."

The tweet can be viewed below.

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Briefly.co.za noted that more than 6 000 liked the tweet and numerous positive comments were shared. South Africans heaped praise on the young tech genius.

Sphephelo_Mabena (@MabenaSphephelo) explained how revenue will be generated down the line:

"For now downloading my app doesn't generate any revenue.. MY App is still in a introductory phase so, it's all about the attaining users right now. However after a certain benchmark, I will implement strategies which will generate revenue such as hosting Adverts."

Boy-ana (@hayman_Uviwe) said,

"I don't care what it does. Young, Black.... Definitely downloading it."

#PutSouthAfricansFirst (@Terrance_Mojaji) added,

"It works perfectly. I love it."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that two IT students have invented a device to help the visually impaired.

The innovation assists in providing better details of surrounding obstacles.

They hope to get sponsorship in order to mass produce the device.

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