Ackeem Ngwenya

The Roadless wheel system, brainchild of South African-born Ackeem Ngwenya, is a wheel that adapts to different terrain conditions typically found in rural areas like those in which he grew up in Malawi. 

Today, Ngwenya is a product designer focussed on African development and founder of Roadless Ltd. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Jewellery Design at the University of Stellenbosch and went on to complete a master’s in innovation design engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in 2014.

Move your bright idea to the next level

The Moving Ideas Competition, a collaboration between Transnet and the SABS Design Institute, kicked off on 15 September and entries will close on 15 October. This initiative offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to bring their innovative new ideas to life – be it a product or a service. These ideas could result in business development support worth R400 000, terms and conditions apply.

Design Institute will be at the Innovation Summit in Cape Town!

 With the theme Innovation Intelligence, takes place at the Cape Town Stadium from 26 to 29 August and the SABS Design Institute will again be part of the festivities. The summit is running competitions for inventors, entrepreneurs and companies and finalists will be presented at the summit’s new Market on the Edge from 27 – 29 August. There are R100 000 in cash prizes available for the winners

Designing wheels.

We are in May, worker's month in South Africa, when we celebrate and honour the workers that keep the wheels turning. In case you didn’t know, South African designers are working all over the globe creating some of the most celebrated and iconic motor vehicles.

Rory Byrne

So you want to be a designer?

Seems like nowadays every second person wants to be a designer or calls him- or herself a designer. Even people whose jobs have nothing to do with design are calling themselves designers. "Financial designers" is one I heard recently - ‘designing your financial future’ - say what?

Here is a great checklist, from Jacob Gube, the co-founder of Design Instruct, that will help guide you to see if you should even consider getting into the design field.

1. You see Design in everything


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