Better Living Challenge


BLC winners scoop SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards

Oct 21, 2015

Better Living Challenge 2014 winners Lumkani and BriGado have been awarded seed grants of R100 000 each at the 5th annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards held on 16 October. “Being a winner of the BLC in 2014 opened doors for me, and I realised that passion is a dream maker. You just have to do what you do best,” says Rotenda Gene Nevhutalu of BriGado.


BLC student award winner BriGado is a brick-making kit designed by Tshwane University of Technology student Nevhutalu. The kit consists of a brick mould, a concrete mixer and a brick carrier; it’s an all-in-one product and it gives the user a chance to make their own bricks at their own pace.

Lumkani is a low-cost fire detector and alert system designed for low-income households. In the event of fire, the system not only alerts the inhabitants where the fire has started, it uses transmission mechanisms to trigger neighbouring devices within the system up to 100 metres from the source of the fire. Lumkani can also provide the nearest fire station with the GPS location of the fire allowing for proactive early response.

The SAB Foundation works to ignite a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa as a source of economic growth, job creation and innovation. The annual awards recognise and invest in pro-poor products and services that address the challenges faced by the Foundation’s targeted beneficiaries – women, youth, people living with disabilities and people living in rural areas.

Congratulations to BriGado and Lumkani on this achievement!

For more info on the Award see the SAB Foundation article here.