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A hi-tech waterless toilet for densely populated rural areas and a luxury perfume for cars are the two joint provincial winners for Gauteng in the Seda Small Business Stars entrepreneur competition.
More than 5 500 business ideas, start-ups and existing small businesses entered the competition nationally.
The winners were selected from a group of 20 finalists in Gauteng and now go through to the national finals, where nearly R4 million in prizes is at stake.
The two joint winners are Dudley Jackson of Pennine Energy Innovation and Lizelle Beukes of Arrero Premium Car Fragrance.
Pennine Energy Innovation has developed a unique and “dignified” waterless toilet which uses special technology to separate liquid and solid waste. Thereafter, solid waste is dried and compacted using heat and airflow. It requires no water or electricity.
Liquid waste (urine) can be separated and used to produce fertiliser, while solid waste can be removed safely to be used to produce biofuel.
“Our SavvyLoo product is a patented desiccating toilet that is an improvement on many of the interventions that the World Health Organisation approves, such as pit latrines and septic systems. It avoids any human contact with waste,” says Dudley Jackson of Pennine Energy Innovation.
Arrero Premium Car Fragrance is a luxury car fragrance which is “a classy alternative to the existing car fresheners that are on the market”, according to its creator, Lizelle Beukes.
“The fragrances are based on designer aromas, and not the typical fruity smells currently available,” Beukes explains.
“As people spend more time in their cars, and as the average age of cars on the road increases due to the high costs of new cars, this is a way for people to keep a new car sensation lingering for longer.”
According to Seda spokesmann Nkululeko Kunene, the competition has generated a wealth of new business ideas and small businesses that show growth potential.
“These (winning) innovative products are the tip of the iceberg,” he commented.
“Seda will be supporting these and other winners and finalists to the tune of no less than R3 580 000 worth of business support, in addition to the other prizes such as laptops, software and publicity exposure.”
More than 31 000 visitors visited the competition website, while 9 306 people registered to enter the competition. More than 20 000 entry forms were downloaded and several thousand people attended workshops and business plan training sessions.
The provincial winners each receive R15 000 in cash and R130 000 worth of Seda business support, while the runners-up each receive a laptop and Microsoft Office software, as well as between R4 500 and R10 000 in cash.
The other Gauteng runners-up are:
l Second runner up: Sister Jenny, JEN-TIL – a range of natural healing creams for muscle and joint elasticity, developed after two-and-a-half years of research, and focused on the Chinese market.
l First runner up: Shamane Mashishi, Bonega – a unique concept in student accommodation, providing modern, compact, affordable and comprehensive living environments for students at tertiary institutions.
For more information, visit www.seda.co.za