Need to help others inspired inventors

ANSWERING CALL: Heinrich Williams and his service dog, Viking, show off the Qbell call button Williams designed. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
ANSWERING CALL: Heinrich Williams and his service dog, Viking, show off the Qbell call
button Williams designed. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

National recognition, prize for top team

After contracting a bacterial infection which left him paralysed from the neck down and lying in hospital for weeks on end, a Uitenhage man decided to conceptualise a device which would benefit others like him.

Heinrich Williams created the Qbell Easy Call Button along with two other Nelson Mandela Bay innovators.

They have now been recognized for their efforts to make life easier for those disabled or less fortunate.

The trio saw the need for underprivileged communities to communicate without the use of conventional telecommunications systems.Chosen from 600 entries for the SAB Foundation Social Innovation Award, Williams, Thulisile Volwana and Sabelo Sibanda, walked away withR150 000 seed funding for their innovations as well as substantial in-kind technical assistance and support from leading industry professionals.

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