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June 5, 2019

Smart drug locker wins top African prize

An invention by a South African engineer that keeps secure and then dispenses pills to patients has won a major African engineering prize.

Neo Hutiri, 31, was announced as the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, in the Ugandan capital, Kamapla, on Tuesday evening.

Mr Hutiri had to present his invention, along with three other finalists, to a panel of judges and an audience who then voted for what they thought was the best innovation.

Along with a medal, the engineer and his team have won $32,000 (£25,000).

Mr Hutiri’s invention, the Pelebox, “is a simple wall of lockers, controlled by a [...]

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May 20, 2019

HOW TO GET SOUTH AFRICANS TO BUY INTO THE NEXT BIG THING IN MEDICINE

In March 2018, the country rolled out the drug-dispensing units at six sites in the Free State and Gauteng, where the machines can be found in shopping malls in Alexandra, Soweto and Diepsloot. The apparatuses work just like ATMs except instead of releasing cash, they pop out medication for people with chronic conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure or HIV.

Ideally, units like this will make it easier for patients to pick up their medication and keep them out of overburdened clinics. And because people with a range of conditions — not just HIV — use the devices, it means people don’t have to fear being stigmatised when they are seen to be using the [...]

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March 19, 2019

Professor follows God’s blueprint as he puts SA on map of innovators

Prof Mashudu Tshifularo about innovation, he believes the world should invest in medical innovation for a healthier future.

 

Tshifularo recently became the first person in the world to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the middle ear of a patient with hearing loss.

 

But, he is expecting criticism from his academic colleagues.

 

“Let them come. No one has been doing it. This is unique,” says he man who became a professor at the former Medunsa University at 35.

 

Last week, Tshifularo, 55, and his team from the University of Pretoria, performed the world’s first 3D middle ear transplant on [...]

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October 5, 2018

THE ART OF MANAGING UPWARDS

Not only can it put you on the path to promotion, it can help your boss shine while also boosting organisational effectiveness, innovation and engagement.

And managing up – which can mean anticipating needs and coming up with solutions without being asked – has never been as important as it is now, as workplaces are under increasing demand to adapt to rapid change.

Changing hierarchies

Workspaces are increasingly fluid, with more people working remotely, on contract, and consultancy bases – a phenomenon tied to the rise of the gig economy. The old ladder-style hierarchy, with its clear structure of leadership, is changing.

In the gig economy, people will [...]

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