Our SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards Winners

This year the annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards was given a big boost following the conclusion of a new partnership with the Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA) that will see a multimillion rand in kind contribution to support the growth of local entrepreneurs and their innovations.

The partnership between the SAB Foundation and the TIA will see significant in-kind technical assistance in the form of expert man hours, design and access to prototyping equipment, necessary for innovations shortlisted in the Social Innovation Awards 2016 to achieve market readiness.

New winners

On the 27th October 2016, we announced the winners of the 6th annual Social Innovation and inaugural Disability Empowerment Awards. With over 600 submitted applications and 23 finalists across the Health, Disability, Education, Energy, Water and Sanitation and Livelihoods and Sustainable Agriculture sectors. It was no easy task for our final 12 judges to select the winners. Each and every idea received had the potential to change the lives of so many. But our winners demonstrated their ability to become commercial and scalable.

This growth is further supported by the SAB Foundation which provides the best innovations with a combination of financial investment and business support and mentorship.

Without further ado, here are the 2016 winners:

LCERT is a low cost educational robotics toy kit designed and developed to provide learners and educators with affordable access to educational resources in their STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) classrooms. The kit consists of smart modules that may be connected to form electronic circuits, as well as programmed using a Visual Programming Interface on a tablet or PC to create robots and other mechatronic systems.

The runner-up and winner of R600 000 is DCP Cable Theft Prevention. The innovation is an overhead and underground system which prevents the digging, cutting and pulling of electricity cables, and has been piloted successfully by the Moqhaka Local Municipality in Kroonstad in the Free State.

There was nothing to separate the incredible ideas of our joint third place winners. Both MediCube Smart Lockers and Lower Limb Prosthetic Solution will receive R400 000 each.

MediCube - Smart Lockers manages the cost-effective collection of chronic medication from a pick up point or local health facility. Lower Limb Prosthetic Solution manufactures high quality locally made cost-effective prosthetic socket and blade for lower limb amputees.

Disability Empowerment Awards 2016 Winners

The Disability Empowerment Awards, established in 2016 by the SAB Foundation in recognition of the increase in the number of innovations providing solutions for people with disabilities.

The first place winner of R500 000 is the dLala Positioner. The product is designed for children with physical disabilities and manages their sitting, standing and lying posture over a 24 hour period. This helps them maintain joint motion for more healthy living.

The 2nd place winner, winning R300 000, is I Love Coffee. An entirely Deaf-run coffee shop where baristas are deaf or hard of hearing.

Joint 3rd place with R200 000 each, were CookABLE, a product that enables disabled users with just one hand to prepare food, and Oasis Association Recycling Project, which recycles and processes waste and provides employment for youth and adults with disabilities.

Social Innovation Developmental Awards

Omniharvester, a fruit picking device that allows users to pick, prune and place fruit from tall trees all in one go – R300 000

Paratrend V1, a double tubed wheelchair frame manufactured used generic components for cost effectiveness – R300 000

The StarLab, a cost effective compact self-contained school mobile science laboratory suitable for rural and township under-resourced primary and secondary schools – R250 000

Social Innovation Seed Grant Award Winners (R150 000 each)

Breast Cancer Therapeutics: Next generation therapeutics to treat metastatic breast cancer and works by inhibiting the aromatisation reactions in order to form estrogens that when overexpressed are associated with breast cancer.

Paper Video: An educational online and offline platform that provides learners with access to experienced teachers who offer tutoring on basic concepts, techniques and exam revision.

The Feel Good Project: A self-sustainable social enterprise that provides youth with income generation opportunities and training in retail, garment repair and warehousing, enabled through upcycling discarded products from major fashion retailers and selling it at competitive prices.

GET-2-WORK: Transport solution for workers with disabilities and those with related impairments to commune to and from their places of work.

BiKoRepellent Fabric: A long lasting slow release mosquito repellent or insecticidal fabric for use in mitigating insect borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus.

mHealth: A digital medical device for Community Health workers equipped with a glucometer, NIBP machine, electronic scale, thermometer, pulse oximeter and spirometer. Collects patient clinical data for medical doctors to access and provide advice.

Aqua-Cura Mobile Water Sterilisation: The combined steriliser and filter unit helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and hydro toxins without the use of chemicals.

MARTI TB Diagnostic: a portable hand-held diagnostic device equipped with disposable cartridges for use in rural areas for the diagnosis of TB.

Pour/Low Flush Toilet: Full flush toilets combined with the logistical advantage of on-site pit toilets which do not need sewers or copious amounts of water for operation.

NH1-MSsp Water Security System: A water security system that pumps water to rural and farming communities using alternative energy sources.

Qbell: An in-hospital call-button designed for patients with reduced motor function.

Tuse: Video and voice calls in areas with little to no signal made possible using wireless mesh networking technology.

Disability Empowerment Seed Grant Award Winners (R75 000 each)

The eBraille Project is an innovative technology that allows visually impaired individuals access to a variety of online resources.

Training people who are deaf to be CCTV operators: CCTV operation provides hearing impaired individuals with the appropriate skills to become CCTV operators.

KineKapa provides interactive skills development tools accessible to people of differing abilities, allowing them to express themselves through music, sounds or animation.

Prison Narration Project produces indigenous language audio and braille titles for the blind and visually impaired people that are narrated by Correctional Services inmates.



Thank you to all of the applicants for taking the time to submit your idea and taking the time to make a change in the world.

Remember, carry on working hard, and next year could be your year!

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