On Tuesday, 30 November, the SAB Foundation once again held its annual Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards. The Foundation awards entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses, who are empowering their communities, with funding to further their business, project or idea. The first place winners also receive guidance from the Foundation through a mentorship. This year, the Foundation awarded a total of R16 million to various programmes.
The event boasts a dedicated disability empowerment section. This award is given to a businesses that empowers people with disabilities through employment or an innovation that improves the lives of people with disabilities.
This year, first prize of R1,3 million in the Disability Empowerment category was awarded to Ernest Majenge for his Ruby Wheelchair – an innovative manual wheelchair that makes it easier for people with mobility impairments to navigate stairs.
“Winning this award will give me the opportunity to make a notable difference in the lives of people living with a disability,” says Majenge. “With my innovation, my aim is to create inclusion for people with reduced mobility by giving them access to tools that will enable them to move more freely.”
While the awards ceremony was held in person, attendance was limited. The full event was streamed to Facebook. You can view the event here.