The power of partnerships

Tellumat’s Graham Meyer and Shaun Hendricks share their thoughts on the genius of partnerships.

South Africa’s rocket scientist rock star

Move over Elon Musk, Mark Shuttleworth and Ludwick Marishane. South Africa’s exclusive club of science and technology celebrities has another bright star. His name is Siya(bulela) Xuza, he’s all the way from Mthatha, and he’s (literally) a celebrated rocket scientist. It’s also not a stretch to call him a rock star, since the guy has…

SA innovations you didn’t know about – the Tellurometer

Vintage South African invention, the Tellurometer, has a long and glorious international history. Market need Before electronic distance measuring (EDM) devices like the Tellurometer and its 1947 predecessor, the Geodimeter, surveyors had for centuries used bars, rods, chains and steel tapes for measuring distances. Compasses and angle measuring devices were used for determining directions and…

Water out of thin air

Chances are you have seen an air conditioner dripping water in summer. So, what’s the big deal about harvesting water from air? Well, can your gizmo squeeze a canful of the good stuff out of pale blue Karoo air inside an hour? Running on ambient sunlight? Is it, in other words, a compelling solution to…

Toppling the ivory towers of closed innovation

In a pre-Internet, highly connected world, innovation was a privileged, sheltered activity. Its arcane magic was practised in airtight spaces, its mandates handed down from the top, and its activities protected and constrained through tightly controlled access, information lock-down and long innovation cycles that were often unanswerable to product lifecycle agendas and customer needs. Free…

Ludwick Marishane

You can’t really sing Ludwick Marishane’s praises too highly. Named Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year for his invention of DryBath, a waterless ‘bathing’ lotion, at 17, Ludwick Marishane was subsequently hailed as ‘one of the world’s brightest young minds’ by no less an authority than Google. There’s more, much more, including accolades from Time…

‘Low-profile’ base stations from TIS: rapid roll-out designed for gap filling to increase coverage

Market need The need for sufficient and fast mobile coverage in densely populated areas has not been fully met due to a substantial increase in the number of subscribers, the increasing use of mobile data and the weaknesses of certain aspects of incumbent wireless infrastructure solutions – ‘unsightly’ large footprint, base stations erected at great…

A Message From the CEO

Tellumat CEO, Andrew Connold, shares his thoughts on innovation from both a global and local perspective

The shape of South African innovation

Innovation is an evergreen topic on the South African national agenda. But how serious are we about it? Where there’s an industry conference, government policy document or business boardroom, innovation is likely to be offered as the solution to any number of issues – whether unemployment, crime, or selling more widgets. Accenture has gone as…

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