Friday, February 10, 2012

Young Entrepreneur Needs Funds to Attend Bright Minds Conference

Robert Mabusela

Paseka Lesolang with the toilet he says can save a lot of water and lives.
Twenty-three-year old Paseka Lesolang from Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria, could be taking his invention of a hygienic toilet system to the United States of America to represent South Africa at the Third Annual Unreasonable Institute. His participation in the event depends on him raising R80 000.

Lesolang is one of 25 young entrepreneurs who have been accepted into the Institute after 306 applications from 55 countries were received. He believes his toilet could save 288 billion litres of water annually if installed in a million houses. His invention came after realising the system installed in his township wastes water. “The toilet system was a dual flush system. When you flush with the half flush for a given period of time you flushed the whole tank and when you flushed with the full you automatically flushed the whole tank. Therefore the objective was good but the implementation wasn’t so good,” explains Paseka.

Paseka’s invention also includes a few hygienic features ensuring that those using them don’t come into any contact with germs found on the flushing handle. It eliminates at least 12 water-borne bacteria in a toilet pot with the sanitiser included. These bacteria give birth to diseases like ecoli which is a prerequisite for dihorea, influenza and the Norwalk virus found in food poisoning. He says if used effectively the life span of a person infected with HIV/ AIDS may be prolonged as they’ll be protected from disease they might get in places with inadequate sanitation.

He says getting funding for the project has been the biggest challenge as some politicians would ignore his request and others would give him a run around and as a result he decided to found his own Wagienience (Pty) Ltd trading as WHC, based at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria. “Along the way I have acquired a partner and a team. My partner is Armando Costa an inventor, who invented the digester which is complementary to the product. In this way we can cater for both urban and rural areas. Armando also invented a product in 1996 that can recover precious metals from mine waste sites, his skills and experience are a great leverage to our progress.”

Project Manager, Peter Clarke, says he’ll try to assist Paseka achieve his dream. “Paseka is a fine young man and I would like to assist him where I can, and see him become very succesful. He is young and is taking this one step at a time. To his credit he continues diligently, an admirable quality”, says Clarke.

Such inventions will contribute in working towards a green economy, as water scarcity is still a problem in many African countries including other parts of the world. The team says the implementation phase will employ at least 480 people. To contribute to Paseka's quest of raising the R80 000 before the 7th March 2012; you can do so by depositing into the business bank account.

First National Bank
Account Name: Wagienience
Account Number: 62230796867
Branch Name: Ga- Rankuwa
Branch Code: 252945

Should you prefer via credit card; you can do so on their web profile through this link:  
Contact Paseka on his personal email address:

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