There is no doubt that South Africans are inventive and innovative. Many know that Dr Chris Barnard performed the world's first heart transplant.
Visit the SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) Great SA Inventions special exhibit in Hall 8 between 09:00 and 19:00 daily to view some South African inventions that changed the world.
Did you know the following are South African inventions?
- Pratley's Putt, created by George Pratley who was trying to create a glue to hold components in an electrical box. In 1969 Pratley's Putty was used to hold parts of the Apollo XI mission's Eagle landing craft together.
- Economical Solar Power, University of Johannesburg physicist Professor Vivian Alberts developed a new solar power technology in 2005 using micro-thin metallic film instead of the thicker and much more expensive silicon-based photovoltaic cells.
- Smartlock Safety Syringe that provides improved protection against needlestick injury thereby saving countless live.
- Oil-from-Coal, Sasol developed the world's first, and largest, oil-from-coal refinery
- Speed Gun Sports Technology invented by Henri Johnson in 1992 the Speedball accurately measured the speed and angles of speeding objects such as cricket and tennis balls.
- Cybertracker engineered by physicist Louis Liebenberg and computer scientist Lindsay Steventon is the world's first software using an image-based interface, enabling animal trackers to record complex geo-referenced observations of animal behaviour contributing greatly to conservation.
- Computerised Ticketing developed by Percy Tucker of Benoni. Computicket transformed the events and entertainment industry by creating the world's first computerised, centralised ticket booking system. Rand Show tickets are available through Computicket at www.computicket.com