Powdered caterpillars and tricycle tractors: meet the R530 000 African Engineering prize finalists

by Lungelo Shenzi

The Cameroonian inventor of Africa’s first tablet designed solely for medical purposes, Arthur Zang, has been nominated among 12 entrepreneurs for the 2015/2016 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation award.

Hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and currently in its second edition, the award is dedicated to recognising innovation in all engineering disciplines.

Arthur Zang’s Cardio Pad is up against other inventions including a medical supplies theft monitoring system, environmentally friendly bio-briquettes for cooking and an infant and toddler health info system for parents.

Matt Wainwright from Standard Microgrid, makers of a self-contained, community-managed renewable energy power grid for rural areas and Werner Swart, creator of the Drylobag dry grain storage system, are representing South Africa in the contest...