Free State youth wins DBSA’s inaugural DBSA Youth Challenge
Free State youth wins DBSA’s inaugural DBSA Youth Challenge


Free State youth wins DBSA’s inaugural DBSA Youth Challenge

Kekeleto Tsiloane, a young innovator from the Free State has been announced as the winner of the 2019 DBSA Youth Challenge. In second place was Zuko Mandlakazi and in joint third place, Lebohang Leshabane and Frederick De Beer.  The four finalists won a share of R1.5m in prize money.
The DBSA Youth Challenge was launched early this year inviting young people between the ages of 18-35 across the country to submit solutions to South Africa’s infrastructure challenges.  Over 1000 entries were received from across the country.

DBSA Chief Executive, Patrick Dlamini on congratulating the winners said, “ All of the ten finalists are winners. The DBSA has been encouraged and delighted by the quality of submissions made that we have decided to make the Youth Challenge an annual initiative.” Mr. Dlamini  also extended an invitation to the top four finalists to China to meet more incredible minds like them.

Congratulations to all the top 10 for making it this far and we at DBSA wish you all well in your endeavours. We will see you next year!      

The top 3 Winning ideas
1st prize:   Kekeletso Tsiloane (R 800 000.00)
2nd:    Zuko Mandlakazi (R500 000.00)
Joint 3rd:    Lebogang Leshabane and Frederick de Beer (R160 500.00)
Nhlanhla Ndlovu – Human Settlements Sector / Housing
An impact driven social enterprise that focuses on upskilling and creating opportunities for women and youths by training them to replace informal backyard shacks with durable structures using innovative building technology. Interlocking bricks made from natural soil and recycled construction waste material are manufactured and used to build safe dwellings that fit in with nature while reducing the carbon footprint of the building.​

Portia Mavhungu – Health Sector
The Para-Tube, a retro fitting seat that fits into any existing wheel chair working together with disposable bio degradable bags and converts from a normal seat in to a toilet without the patient having to leave the wheel chair or look for a cubicle big enough to use the bathroom.



Mbangiso Mabaso - Education Sector
Si realities - is a virtual science laboratory for science educators. It uses the camera of the smartphone or tablet to superimpose digital science apparatus in front of the learner. To improve engagement in the classroom our platform uses game mechanics, 3D content, animations and analytics. In 2018 Si realities reached 200 learners and 59 teachers and in 2019 Term 2 have piloted with 8 schools in the Free State.


Sello Vincent Pholohana – Water and Sanitation Sector
Multi-Chem Techno-Innovation Aquamarine Application Technologies for Water Treatment is an affordable and simple system which can make it easier to clean, maintain a sterile operation. Multi Chem Techno-Innovation Aquamarine Application Technologies for water treatment Solution aims at meeting the demands of the populations and industries for standard quality water by benefiting underserviced communities, informal settlements, national departments, local and international business-based demand responsive approach for water quality control purposes.

​Zuko Mandlakazi – ICT Sector
It’ is a sound wave sensor embedded product that assists people to be more present and alert to life-saving sounds. Deaf people can use the solution as an alerting device to life saving sounds and other important sounds like door knock, alarms, forced entry sounds like windows breaking, items making sounds when falling and breaking like glasses. Deaf Parents to use the solution as a baby monitoring device for new-born babies.


Kekeletso Tsiloane – Water and Sanitation
Manufactures innovative composite bricks made from recycled plastic, sand and proprietary additives that ensure that the blocks are strong, durable and fire retardant. There is no water use in the manufacturing process. The brick is manufactured using plastic waste at this constant rate thus creating indirect employment for waste pickers.



Sarah Mungodla – Water and Sanitation Sector
The Anae-Toilet is a hybrid toilet facility that aids in channeling human waste and thus offers safer and better management of waste than current rural alternative systems. The concept combines the use of a conventional toilet and the reliable use of an anaerobic digester. The facility works by harnessing the natural process of fermentation and extract out-put gas and safe digestate.


Frederick De Beer – Energy Sector
This innovation is a solar tracking kit that can be retrofitted to any existing solar installation. The proposed potential benefit from a solar panel tracking the sun is a 40% - 45% increase in energy, in Southern Africa because we have the highest concentration of solar radiation energy. This innovation will reduce the cost of tracking the sun by leveraging the reduction in cost of consumer electronics and reducing the complexity of such a tracker. With this innovation, the energy output from a renewable energy source is improved, which will likely decrease the dependency on fossil fueled energy sources which in turn reduces carbon emissions.

Lebogang Joy Leshabane - Water and Sanitation, Energy Sectors
A system for biogas purification to obtain high grade methane produced from wastewater (sewage) treatment plants. Biogas is a source of energy that is constituted of 55-65% methane, 40-30% carbon dioxide and other trace impurities. The application of this solution in South Africa could mean that there is an additional energy source adding to the power grid thus reducing issues such as load shedding. It will make energy more accessible at an even lower cost.


Sandiswa Qayi – Energy Sector
Heat Raider waste heat harvester aims to address high energy costs due to inefficiencies that result in high energy consumption by existing water heating and cooling/refrigeration devices that result in excess energy demand, load shedding and high carbon emission by coal power stations. Heat Raider is a waste heart harvester and heat exchanger that captures wasted heat from cold storage, feeding the heat into a geyser. Heat exchangers recover and recycle excess and wasted energy which is generated during any cooling process through refrigerator or air conditions.


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