Turn­ing toi­lets into wa­ter-sav­ing de­vices

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Dale Hes

TWO IN­NO­VA­TORS are flushed with pride af­ter their toi­let in­ven­tions caught the eye of the judges of a town­ship econ­omy ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gramme.

Back in 2016, Rori Mpete and Tho­riso Thobe­jane re­alised that pre­cious drink­ing wa­ter was lit­er­ally be­ing flushed down the toi­let.

Mil­lions of litres of clean, potable wa­ter is wasted when peo­ple use it to flush their toi­lets.

The two young men from Tsh­wane in Gaut­eng started a com­pany called TnM In­no­va­tions, now known as Loo Afrique, af­ter a funny in­ci­dent in a bath­room.

Mpete, tired of bro­ken basins in pub­lic ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties which pre­vented him from wash­ing his hands, one day de­cided to use the fresh wa­ter in the cis­tern to get the job done.

“I told my friend about this and we laughed,” he said.

Later, how­ever, he re­alised that his in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion to bro­ken basins could be turned into a busi­ness plan, as well as a way to help wa­ter-scarce South Africa make each drop count.

Loo Afrique de­signed three clever in­ven­tions based around this ex­pe­ri­ence – the Loo Cap, the Pee Basin and the Evo Flush.

The Loo Cap is a wash basin that fits onto the toi­let cis­tern. “We re­moved the lid of the cis­tern and re­placed it with a basin. This al­lows you to wash your hands while you flush, thereby sav­ing wa­ter,” said Mpete.

Sim­i­larly, the Pee Basin is a uri­nal that is also fit­ted with a basin. The Evo Flush is a new type of toi­let sys­tem us­ing only three litres of wa­ter com­pared to the six litres of a nor­mal toi­let.

All of these prod­ucts can be fit­ted onto ex­ist­ing plumb­ing sys­tems.

Loo Afrique’s in­ven­tions saw the com­pany win­ning the Gaut­eng Ac­cel­er­a­tor Town­ship Econ­omy (GATE) In­no­va­tion Com­pe­ti­tion. Run by the Gaut­eng Govern­ment’s In­no­va­tion Hub, the com­pe­ti­tion re­wards emerg­ing busi­ness peo­ple who de­velop ex­cit­ing new prod­ucts that solve is­sues in com­mu­ni­ties.

Loo Afrique will now be taken into an in­cu­ba­tion pro­gramme, where they will re­ceive the sup­port they need to make their dreams a re­al­ity.

“We as­pire to change many lives in our town­ships; not only in sav­ing wa­ter and im­prov­ing hy­giene, but also in job cre­ation,” said Mpete.

SAnews.gov.za Rori Mpete (left) and Tho­riso Thobe­jane with the Loo Cap and the Pee Basin.

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