We expect the cover story of the August 2011 issue (on sale on 25 July) to trigger a flood of e-mails, most of them expressing outrage at the absence of world-changing South African inventions in our US-sourced list of “101 gadgets that changed the world”. What about the world-changing dolos?, we hear you cry. How about the Kreepy Krauly, the Tellurometer, the epithelial scrubber, the CyberTracker, the Hippo water roller, the Scheffel bogie, the computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, the Colindictor…?
Actually, that’s where you come in. While we work on a follow-up article focusing on the local picture, you are cordially invited to submit (and rank from 1 to 10) your own suggestions for a list of Great South African Inventions, motivating each choice with a short paragraph. The devices need not be world-changing (you know, like the all-American SuperSoaker water pistol featured in August’s issue), but if we like what you say – even if we disagree with your reasoning – we’ll include it in our online update.
E-mail your list to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Best SA Inventions” in the subject line, and please ensure we receive it by 15 August. If you have a special reason for nominating a particular invention, or have actually met the inventor, tell us about it. Our intention is to focus attention of South Africa’s formidable inventive skills – past and present – in the run-up to Invent 2011 and the search for South Africa’s Inventor of the Year.