Local brainiacs find solutions to Africa’s problems

by Anzet du Plessis

A dozen entrepreneurs shortlisted for the 2nd Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation have ideas to improve food security, health care and energy access.

The Africa Prize is run by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. The 2016 shortlist is undergoing business training to turn engineers into entrepreneurs before the winner is announced in Tanzania in May.

Arthur Zang from Cameroon developed the Cardio-Pad when he was only 23. It can be used by anyone with medical training, important in a country like Cameroon, with only about 50 cardiologists for 22 million citizens.