Made in SA mo­bile set to launch

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A young en­tre­pre­neur from ru­ral Bush­buck­ridge in Mpumalanga is break­ing new ground af­ter in­vent­ing and de­sign­ing his own range of smart­phones and tablets, called T-Touch mo­bile.

Thu­lani Khoza de­signed his smart­phones through his com­pany, Thules Tele­coms, and has since raised funds to the tune of about R8 mil­lion to fi­nance the man­u­fac­ture of the gad­gets.

“It is hum­bling and grat­i­fy­ing to hear peo­ple com­mend­ing us for be­ing the first South African man­u­fac­turer of smart­phones, and ad­mir­ing the qual­ity of our tablets and our ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

“My smart­phones and tablets work per­fectly – just like other well-known brands.”

Khoza added that his top-of-the-range T-Touch mo­bile had a highly de­vel­oped se­cu­rity fea­ture, pre­vent­ing thieves from ac­cess­ing the mo­bile owner’s stored in­for­ma­tion.

“For in­stance, if your phone is stolen, the thief can­not get into your stored in­for­ma­tion. You can also move that in­for­ma­tion from the hand­set when it is not in your pos­ses­sion,” Khoza said. He also al­luded to plans to ex­pand his fac­tory in Mpumalanga, where his smart­phones and tablets are be­ing man­u­fac­tured, to cre­ate more full-time job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Thules Tele­coms had al­ready re­ceived pre­orders from the US, China, In­dia, An­gola, Ghana and many other coun­tries, he said. Ghana be­came the first African coun­try to place an or­der of about 50 000 units for the ground­break­ing smart­phones. Of these, 40 000 unit or­ders are from an Ac­cra-based mo­bile sup­plier. Its tar­get mar­ket is univer­sity stu­dents with a lim­ited dis­pos­able in­come. The re­main­ing 10 000 or­ders come from a cell­phone dealer in Kwashie­man, a district in Ac­cra, who cites the com­pet­i­tively priced T-Touch mo­bile as a ma­jor at­trac­tion. The aver­age sell­ing price for T-Touch mo­biles ranges from R149 to R299, while the cost of smart­phones ranges from R599 to R4 999. The de­mand for a T-Touch mo­bile phone in South Africa has in­creased since Khoza went pub­lic about his prod­uct ear­lier this year. “We have also re­ceived ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from An­gola and other African coun­tries,” he said. The T-Touch mo­bile will be of­fi­cially launched this month.

Thu­lani Khoza

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