This is the ultimate book on South African innovations and
inventions that every South African should own. It is crammed with
information on the awesome variety of new products and services
that South Africans, at home and abroad, have invented from
pre-colonial times to the present. Written in a highly readable
style and richly illustrated, it will astonish, surprise and
inspire you! Everything from Wadley’s Loop to Musk’s Hyperloop,
Louis Liebenberg’s Cybertracker to the unique Africanis dog, the
first computerised ticketing system in the world to the world’s
first digital laser. Read about dozens of items that we use every
day but which had very humble beginnings. Did you know that the
machine that was used to drill the tunnels for the first
underground railway in England was invented by a South African, or
that the first ‘computers’ in South Africa were women calculators
working at the Royal Observatory in Cape Town? Everyone knows that
the Kreepy Krawly, Pratley’s Putty, Dolos, CATscanner and Thawte
Internet Security System were invented in South Africa, but what
about the Sheffel Bogie, Oil of Olay, Q20, Policansky fishing
reels, Lodox low-dose X-ray machine, Waste Shark, Wind-up Pulse
Oximeters, Lithium ion batteries, DryBath, Acesco Breast Imaging
System, and components of the SALT and SKA telescopes? Meet the new
generation of South African inventors and innovators, including
Brian Steinhobel, Mulalo Doyoyo, Jacques Blom, Elon Musk, Viness
Pillay, Kelly Shibale, Tebello Nyokong, Gregory Maqoma, Kiara
Nirghin, Tony Budden and Ludwick Marishane, and hear what they have
to say about the climate for innovation in South Africa. Historic
photographs, fascinating anecdotes and illuminating case studies
light up the text and make it read like a detective novel. This
book clearly shows that South Africans have punched well above
their weight in international circles – now you have the
opportunity to become an expert on what we have achieved through
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