The five coolest South African

The five coolest South African inventions

People can be quite negative about the lack of development in South Africa, but if you look a little closer you’ll see that South Africans are great inventors.

The five coolest South African

Ok so loads of things have been invented in SA; from the drill bit used on the tunnelers in Europe to the mechanism connecting train wheels. Those guys were way back in the past though, so we’ve brought you our top five modern day inventions.

The world’s first digital laser


The digital laser project is the brainchild of doctoral candidate and CSIR researcher Sandile Nqcobo.



CyberTracker is used to track animals, birds, insects and other creatures by using a satellite navigational system. This technology was developed by physicist Louis Liebenberg and computer scientist Lindsay Steventon.

Cost effective solar power


An innovation in solar power which uses a micro-thin metallic film, by Professor Vivian Alberts at the University of Johannesburg, has made solar electricity five times less expensive than solar photovoltaic cells.

Quiet cellular antennae technology


Two Vodacom employees, Gordon Mayhew-Ridgers and Paul van Jaarsveld, invented cellular antenna technology which reduces “noisy” emissions from cellular base stations in the area. This invention was needed to offer mobile services in the Karoo without compromising the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) research.

Full body X-Ray scanner


The South African company Lodox Systems produces a unique full-body X-ray scanner – the only one of its kind currently on the market.

Not too shabby, not at all.

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