Chipinge man de­signs drone, am­pli­fiers

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Correspondent

AT THE age of 24 years, many youths will be strug­gling to find their foot­ing in the in­dus­trial world, but an am­bi­tious self­made en­gi­neer from Chipinge has bro­ken new ground.

His in­no­va­tive­ness has ex­tended to the cre­ation of drone cam­eras and am­pli­fiers.

Don­ald Mlambo Mazwati’s in­no­va­tive­ness has caught the eye of the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Me­dia, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, Mr Ge­orge Charamba, as well as high-rank­ing of­fi­cials from Zimdig­i­tal and Trans­me­dia.

Mazwati is al­ready ek­ing a liv­ing out of man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing of homemade am­pli­fiers.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully de­sign­ing an am­pli­fier, Mazwati is now in the fi­nal phase of in­vent­ing a drone cam­era he in­tends to launch next year.

He was in­spired by his father who re­pairs TVs and ra­dios in Chipinge ur­ban. His in­no­va­tive­ness is de­spite fail­ure to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion to higher level due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.

Mazwati at­tended Ma­tione Pri­mary School and did his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion at Gaza High School. He could not pro­ceed to A-Level, and in­stead opted to write O-Level Chem­istry, Physics, Bi­ol­ogy and Maths. He passed with dis­tinc­tions.

He sol­diered on in his own father’s work­shop, and by the time he fin­ished O-Level, he could make gad­gets such as am­pli­fiers and fix a wide range of elec­tron­ics.

His first at­tempt on a drone cam­era was a dis­mal fail­ure.

He did not give up, but went on to make an im­proved de­sign of a drone that is in the fi­nal stage of com­ple­tion.

“I joined this field of tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion af­ter be­ing in­spired by my father’s works at his work­shop where he fixes a lot of elec­tronic gad­gets. I started off by tak­ing some few notes on how to fix ra­dio and tele­vi­sion sets.

“Af­ter a long pe­riod of in­tern­ship, I grad­u­ated into his role and started fix­ing cus­tomers’ gad­gets full-time. I took my father’s trade se­ri­ously since it was our source of liveli­hood as a fam­ily.

“It is against that back­ground that I de­cided to do my own in­ven­tion af­ter school. I started off with the in­ven­tion of an am­pli­fier us­ing home-made equip­ment. My first am­pli­fier only lasted for a few days be­fore devel­op­ing a fault. I then used the in­ter­net and fol­lowed DSTV chan­nels which tele­cast some in­ter­est­ing pro­grammes on how the lat­est mod­ern gad­gets are man­u­fac­tured. From there I made my break­through.

“I then con­tex­tu­alised what I got on the

in­ter­net to up­grade my am­pli­fier and then sold it at one of the pop­u­lar night­clubs in Chipinge last year. They are still us­ing it with­out any tech­ni­cal glitches. I can man­u­fac­ture some amps, but busi­ness is still in its in­fancy,” he said.

Mazwati’s drive re­ceived a ma­jor boost early this year when Mr Charamba pledged to as­sist him. The per­ma­nent sec­re­tary pledged to sup­port him with any ma­te­ri­als he needed.

“I met Mr Charamba and of­fi­cials from Zimdig­i­tal and Trans­me­dia in March and showed them the am­pli­fier I had built from scratch. They tested it by con­nect­ing it to their PA sys­tem and it worked well with­out any glitches for more than 30 min­utes.

“Ev­ery­one at the func­tion was im­pressed by the sound qual­ity and they de­cided to help out with ma­te­ri­als such as PC boards, etch­ing pens and sul­phuric acid. I was sup­plied with the ma­te­ri­als in Au­gust and I have man­aged to use them to con­struct 10 am­pli­fiers which are work­ing prop­erly.

“All I am wait­ing for right now are the ex­ter­nal cov­ers for the am­pli­fiers and I have been promised that they will be de­liv­ered soon,” said Mazwati.

He said it was dur­ing this func­tion that he was in­tro­duced to the drone and was charmed by this type of cam­era.

“I had not seen a drone be­fore, and thanks to the ZimDig­i­tal whirl­wind tour in Chipinge. I was told by a ZimDig­i­tal of­fi­cial how it works and I was in­spired by it.

“I then de­cided to de­sign it. I am de­sign­ing it us­ing my home-made equip­ment. I am do­ing fi­nal touches which in­clude con­nect­ing it to the re­mote con­trol be­fore it flies,” he added.

“If we cre­ate the gad­gets like I am do­ing, we will need the proper mar­ket, but the truth is that we are not get­ting the nec­es­sary sup­port as peo­ple be­lieve in im­ports,” he said.

Com­ment­ing on Mazwati’s works, Mr Charamba said the coun­try had an abun­dance of bril­liant sci­en­tific minds whose growth was be­ing stunted by lack of an ad­e­quate en­vi­ron­ment to sus­tain them.

“There is a lot of in­tel­lect in terms of the char­ac­ter and tem­per­a­ment. The only miss­ing el­e­ment is the en­vi­ron­ment which nur­tures our peo­ple to join the tech­no­log­i­cal world,” said Mr Charamba.

He also said Zim­babwe had a lot to learn from other tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced coun­tries that give young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to show­case and ex­plore their tal­ents.

“Coun­tries that have made it tech­no­log­i­cally are never coun­tries that al­low up­com­ing sci­en­tists to op­er­ate in iso­la­tion.

“They should be brought to­gether in some kind of colony where they in­ter­act so that at the end of the day what you have is a hy­bridi­s­a­tion of think­ing which bears big­ger re­sults,” he added.

Mr Charamba said his min­istry had set up a re­search and de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment that would en­rol bright minds and fund them to develop their ideas.

“I am so happy to say that in our plans we in­tend to sort of tickle the na­tion’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment side as a com­po­nent of the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion process.

“Once we have our own home, it means that rest­less minds like this one here will have a com­fort­able home that en­cour­ages that kind of thought pro­cesses and in­ter­ac­tion,” he added.

Mazwati ex­plains how his home-made drone works.- Pic­ture by Luthando Mapepa.

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