Innovator on a cleaning mission

2016-11-08 06:00
Azraa Jonkers of Kensington High School won third place in JA South Africa’s Junior Innovators Competition. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Azraa Jonkers of Kensington High School won third place in JA South Africa’s Junior Innovators Competition. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Innovation is everywhere in the modern world and a learner from Kensington is proving that she’s got something that the world needs.

Azraa Jonkers, a Grade 10 learner at Kensington High School, was part of a group of learners from across the country who were recognised for their entrepreneurial business ideas in JA South Africa’s Junior Innovators Competition, held in partnership with Investec at its offices in Sandton last month.

Azraa won third place and a prize of R20 000 for her innovative escalator rail steriliser business idea.

“I always wonder whose hands have been on escalator rails,” she says.

“That is why I thought up this idea of the escalator rail steriliser, which is a fitted rectangular container filled with disinfectant that is the width of the hand rail and releases disinfectant by a remote-timed sensor every thirty seconds.”

While Azraa is happy with her achievement she explains that it was not just about the competition but also about the workshops that she attended during the week of the competition.

“I entered because I was more interested in the entrepreneurial workshops that took place,” she says.

“It was also interesting to meet other young people who shared the same interest about their future and making a difference in their communities.

“There were some fantastic workshops where we learnt about marketing and the best ways to get a product into the public eye.

“The speakers from various companies were also interesting, sharing their passion with us about learning from your mistakes but never giving up.”

While she waits for the phone to ring with offers to take her design to the next level she’s happy with the cash prize that she is saving for her further studies.

Is she heading into the field of technology and design?

“Not really,” she smiles. “My real interest is to study medicine.”

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