Rural inventor's device for the deaf puts him in Africa's top 50

Low-cost gadget aimed at enhancing safety and connectedness

In a world short of inventors, a 33-year-old Cofimvaba man has invented a lifesaving device for deaf people – earning him a spot in the top 50 African innovators’ list. Zuko Mandlakazi, a Walter Sisulu University accountancy alumnus, invented the Senso, a wrist-wearable device that picks up sounds and communicates them to the wearer through vibrations and colour-coded LED lights.

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