Better Living Challenge


The Community and Public Vote Awards go to…

Dec 10, 2014

At the Better Living Challenge Awards evening held on 25 November 2014, we used the opportunity to salute some of our entrants who made great efforts to engage with and contribute towards the Better Living Challenge and all our activities.


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We acknowledged Giepie Smit, who entered the LifeWise EcoLoo, for his involvement and participation in all of our workshops throughout the year and his commitment to product testing in the Gugulethu community. Also acknowledged was Michelle Collis for her committed engagement with the Showcase – she was present on most days to speak to members of the public about her solution called Ikayacap.

Coming out of the Cape Craft and Design Institute’s Product Support Programme was community entrant Vusumzi Mahlatshana’s solution, the Prickly Pear Brick. Vusumzi was acknowledged for his incredible efforts in developing his prototype for the Showcase.

Over 2000 public votes were counted during the Showcase period. The highest number of votes went to the following solutions: Barry Lewis’s UBU Process House, James van der Walt’s Solar Turtle, Alejandra Olivera’s BioPanel and Mansoor Mohamed’s ShareMyNet. In addition, three community voting panels representing people from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Blue Downs visited the Showcase. The highest number of community votes went to IKYA Homes and Imari Crous’ Counting Chair.

Thank you to our sponsors Probio Bokashi, Table Mountain Company, Partners Hair Design, Reliance Compost, BEN bikes, Hotel Verde, Vineyard Hotel and Solms Delta, for providing the wonderful prizes that these winners received!