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Invention by a Young South African Entrepreneur Helps Improve Mobility for Wheelchair Users

Ernest Mongezi Majenge is known as the wheelchair doctor. He refurbishes old wheelchairs and turns them into stair friendly, off-road transportation. It takes Majenge 24 hours to put together all the parts needed for each mobility product. “ The secret of the wheelchair are the wheels. The wheelchair has been there for years but we only changed the wheels which has star wheels. We can also transform it to have the normal circle wheels that you can use it on a flat surface. It is a two in one wheels.” Majenge’s off-road wheelchairs have already hit the international market with France being the first country to take in orders. In a years time, he hopes to manufacture 10 000 wheelchairs. “So far, we have in a day we can manufacture four wheelchairs and it depended on the order we get since it is a new start-up company. On the ruby side, there were 5 that were sold in France and in South Africa there were only four.” he said. While innovation in manufacturing wheelchairs is a step forward for promoting mobility, a hurdle for some manufactures and consumers is the price tag.