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Re-imagining a next generation who thrives on Innovation Entrepreneurship

Transnet is actively spearheading innovation and industrial design entrepreneurship and is committed to a partnership with the SABS Design Institute to influence the development of young black industrialists.

The Transnet Design and Innovation Research Centre, hosted at the SABS Design Institute, is directly geared for providing facilities and resources for SMMEs, black industrialists and youth entrepreneurs to research and develop innovative ideas which have commercial viability. 

The centre serves as the command centre facility for social, technological and business innovation where Transnet provides funding as well as research, development and related services.

For the past two years Transnet’s partnership with the SABS Design Institute has yielded positive results amongst learners, especially from rural areas, as well as amongst black innovators and entrepreneurs. In these features we review the ground-breaking social and economic impact of Transnet’s investment on the economic future of our country.

How clever is that! 

Transnet’s Young Movers Innovation Entrepreneurship Campaign – unlocking a culture of innovation

A money box that only opens once you’ve reached your saving goal, a device to convert your study notes into song lyrics, a shoe vacuum that cleans shoes inside and out? These were the top three ideas that learners presented at the Transnet Young Movers Innovation Entrepreneurship Design Bootcamp.  

It is the belief at the Design Institute that young people have an inherent capacity for using their imagination and if they’re guided in the right way, they’ll be able to change their lives by shifting to an entrepreneurial mind-set. 

The Innovation Entrepreneurship Design Bootcamp, held at the Design Institute in Pretoria, hosted 40 finalists who were picked from ten different high schools across eight provinces. The participants were between 15 to 19 years and ranged from Grade 9 to Grade 12. The clinic formed part of the Transnet Young Movers Programme that was designed to create a culture of innovation, design thinking and creativity at schools. The learners’ business ideas were chosen based on their level of innovation and market feasibility.

The Design Clinic consisted of seven topics that were set to be covered over a period of two days. Topics included research planning and design in entrepreneurship, leadership and pitching and presentation skills and the learners also got an opportunity for individual sessions with the SABS Design Institute’s industrial designers. These sessions assisted the learners in understanding the practicality behind their ideas and technology needed to implement them. They were also assisted in illustrating their idea through sketching. 

On the final day of the four-day workshop participants presented their final business case to a panel of judges, together with their product design sketches. The winner was Pertunia Hieta (KaChin moneybox), in second place was Silindile Cele (Edutainment – an instrumental device that will allow you to convert your school notes in song lyrics) and in third place was Siphokuhle Tantsi (Shoover – a portable shoe vacuum to clean shoes inside and out). The prize for the best presentation went to Smarado Chithwa. 

In conclusion it can be said that even though the learners all came from different schools and different regions, they had many things in common. The majority had never travelled beyond their home towns or had been on an airplane and in a hotel. This part of the experience made it particularly exciting for them. The learners were all hungry for more knowledge and improvement on their business ideas. Their confidence levels had improved from the previous sessions and they also appeared to be more prepared for the programme. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity they were given and indicated that they would love to go through the programme again.

The learners should be commended for coming up with feasible and highly creative ideas. It goes to show that imagination is the only constraint there is to entrepreneurial ideas – issues such as age, socio-economic background and quality of schooling do not come into play when looking for the industrialists of the future.

SABS Design Institute is the official implementation partner of the Transnet Young Movers and the Transnet Moving Ideas Campaigns

A proud Transnet Enterprise and Supplier Development Initiative.

In the month of September when South Africans focus on heritage and the environment, it is fitting to consider opportunities that will help designers, manufacturers, businesses, organisations, communities – anyone really - to become carbon neutral.

The Carbon Protocol of SA was launched in 2009 in an attempt to make a difference in the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The Carbon Protocol’s mission is to raise awareness and facilitate the transition to a climate resilient society.

This section 21, not-for-profit organisation was established as a collaboration of concerned and interested parties in South Africa to provide a platform to publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry that supports both the voluntary and mandatory reporting programmes. The Carbon Protocol also hosts a greenhouse gas assessor database and maintains the development of the Carbon Neutral logo. Carbon Protocol of SA also hosts the Programme of Activities (PoA) platform for projects that generate carbon credits under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) framework.

What is carbon neutrality?

Carbon neutrality is defined as achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released (carbon footprint) with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset, whereas a carbon footprint means the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community. Various methods can be used to calculate a carbon footprint, including ISO standards and other environmental protocols.

The Carbon Protocol of SA offers the use of a Carbon Neutral logo that is awarded to products, processes or organisations that wish to support and raise the serious issue of carbon reduction. The logo, that offers a positive marketing opportunity, is awarded annually to specific products within an organisation only if that product has offset or reduced Life Cycle Green House Gas Emissions to zero.

For more information on carbon neutrality, visit www.carbonprotocol.org


 Renewable Energy Technologies and Innovations: Empowering women, improving their lives and promoting gender equality 

Call for Technologies and Innovations

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office, in partnership with Department of Energy and the United Nations Industrial development Organisation (UNIDO), is inviting submissions of renewable energy technologies and innovations. The RE project aims to promote technologies that have a positive impact on women’s lives, especially those technologies that will improve the living conditions of rural and peri-urban women and their households. 

Additional support will be provided to nominees to further develop their products for the purpose of sharing, incubating and scaling up. The successful nominees will be invited to participate in the exhibition as well as a policy dialogue with the subject: “Renewable Energy Technologies: Improving Women’s Lives”, which will be held during the South African International Renewable Energy Conference, www.sairec.org.za , from 4-7 October, in Cape Town, South Africa. The successful nominees will be awarded certificates of recognition during the conference. The event will target policy makers in government, United Nations agencies, parastatals, the private sector and civil society organisations. 

To submit your idea, kindly download, fill out and submit the entry form attached, via email to anele.sibobi@unwomen.org by midnight on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, or by post to UN Women at: UN WOMEN South Africa Multi-Country Office, 351 Francis Baard Street, Metro Park Building, Pretoria, 0001. You may also drop off the forms by hand at the building. 

The selection process will be carried out by an independent panel of technical experts.

The successful nominees will be advised by 25 September 2015 and will be expected toparticipate in the planned exhibition as well as the award giving ceremony from 4-7 October2015.

In order to achieve the RE scaling up objective as well as technology innovation growth andsustainability objectives, the successful nominees will participate in the RE Technologyincubation and be supported to scale up the programme.

The successful technologies will also be branded as SAIREC legacy technology and Innovativeprojects


The 2015 SA Innovation Summit invites South African, African and global innovators to come together and showcase their exceptional talents, innovations and ideas, while at the same time enjoying a networking and learning experience par excellence in Cape Town from 26 - 29 August. The SABS Design Institute will again be involved in the Summit, as was the case in previous years.

The 2015 theme, 'Innovation Intelligence', looks at how new and convergent thinking helps to create a competitive edge in today's saturated marketplace.

This concept will be explored by various local and international speakers and participants throughout the two-day conference and two-day first-ever Market on the Edge. The Summit promises to be an exciting awe-inspiring event, jam-packed with debates, discussions, workshops, competitions, talks, presentations and demonstrations.

Chairman, Dr Audrey Verhaeghe, says the 8th SA Innovation Summit will be bigger and better than ever before, with numerous opportunities to share, learn and network with fellow innovators and investors. Visit http://innovationsummit.co.za/ to see the full programme and to register online.

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) once again presents a design competition for 3D printing this year. The competition is open to all South African citizens above the age of 18.There are two categories:

•             Design a clock

Any type of clock may be designed; the only requirement is that it must be able to continuously indicate the time correctly.

•             Design an assistive device for a disabled person

This category is aimed at designers with an engineering/technical background since the device to be designed will be used in a real world industry application.

The best two designers in each category will be invited to attend the 2015 RAPDASA Conference (4-6 November, Roodevallei, Pretoria) where the winners and runners-up will be announced.  They will be awarded prize money of R5000 and R3000 respectively and their accommodation and travel costs will be covered up to the value of R10 000 each. An Up Plus 3D printer will be awarded for the best overall entry.

 Visit www.rapdasa.org for more information. Entries for the competition close on 31 August 2015.

The SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Programme invites entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses to apply to participate in the programme. Successful candidates will receive mentorship, access to skills training workshops and other business support, to be provided in conjunction with Fetola. They will also be eligible for grant finance of up to R250 000, which will be disbursed upon the completion of certain milestones.
The next intake for applicants based in the  KZN and Free State areas opens on 1st August and closes on 21st August 2015. Other provinces are to follow in 2016. Visit www.sab.co.za and put Tholoana Programme in the keyword search to learn more or to submit an application or email Tholoanaprogramme@za.sabmiller.com

The Idea Design Conference 2015 takes place on 22and23 September at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria with the theme How can inspiring design influence architecture?

The conference is aimed at all design professionals and architects in order to inspire exceptional design and to explore synergies across the different disciplines of design. Delegates will be spoilt with an array of talks that are sure to birth new ideas. As conference hosts, the Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA) believes that this will be an absolutely memorable event for all creatives.

For early bird discounts (until the end of July) and to book online, visit http://www.ideaconference.co.za/


The TT100 Business Awards Programme, with support from various partners such as Eskom and government was launched in 1991 by the South African Engineering Association (SAVI).  The programme has been focused on drawing attention to the importance of developing a local culture of technological innovation and excellence. 

TT100 has evolved into one of the foremost business awards programmes that laud South African companies for their business prowess in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems, Research and Sustainability, regardless of their industry. The programme is as an effective vehicle for achieving growth and innovation advancement in our country, while raising awareness of the critical need for South African companies to embrace the management of technology, innovation and people in a systemic and sustainable manner. Since 1994, TT100 has enjoyed strong endorsement by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) as the major government sponsor.

Visit http://www.tt100.co.za for more information on the 2015 programme.



OPEN DESIGN Cape Town is an annual city-wide event, highlighting the appreciation of design by all. It creates an educational, informative, inclusive, collaborative platform for people of Cape Town to openly share their design with each other.

OPEN DESIGN Cape Town raises awareness of the value and impact of design and innovation in all sectors. This year’s event takes place from 12 - 23 August 2015.

The full and varied programme encourages design practitioners, innovators, businesses managers, media, educators, students and members of the public to share design ideas with each other - and particularly with young people - to develop and inspire a future generation of designers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Open Design DISI Pop-Up market will be hosted in the beautiful Cape Town City Hall, one of the main festival hub spaces of Open Design CT Festival. It’s a collaborative space that allows for community cohesion, networking and knowledge sharing. For more, visit http://opendesignct.com/