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Local app could be solution to global water woes

Female Eastern Cape innovator, Thulisile Volwana solution tackling water leakages crisis. Photo by Savious-Parker Kwinika, CAJ News

DURBAN – A TECHNOLOGY solution created by two South African youngsters, who interestingly have no relevant background in science and technology, could well end the water leakages and spills afflicting many  municipalities around the world.

Known as the TUSE App, the technology is anticipated to eventually halt the imminent global shortage of the precious liquid.

Innovators, Thulisile Volwana and Sabelo Sibanda, have launched the App in front of an enthusiastic audience of global delegates at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) summit in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa.

TUSE is derived from the combination of their names.

What makes the innovation even more special is the fact that the duo studied Bachelor of Commerce (B’Com) at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province.

Volwana explained the innovation consists wireless sensors that detect water leakages.

TUSE has a three step process in erecting wireless mesh networks.

“The applications for TUSE include, but are not limited to municipalities / public safety, mining, oil and gas, transportation, military, utilities and telecommunications service providers,” she said.

Volwana said the demand for the duo’s app had been encouraging.

She disclosed they would soon be in Johannesburg and Pretoria in the Gauteng Province, which is the country’s economic hub, where they intend to market the innovation.

The duo is presently setting up meetings with municipalities so that they use the app to detect water leakages.

They also supply households, factories and municipalities to avert water cuts.

“We hope to continue growing this business to the rest of the continent Africa,” Volwana told CAJ News in Durban.

– CAJ News