South Africa: Innovation

Homegrown innovators are facing a brain drain and battling a funding squeeze. Yet South Africa has just launched a cutting-edge radio telescope that scans the universe, opened ATM-style medicine dispensers and tackled Cape Town’s drought with clever water-saving devices

Homegrown innovators fight brain drain and find ways to bypass a funding squeeze

Threat of severe rationing inspires flood of water-saving ideas and devices

Dispensing machines in malls save time and ease pressure on health system

Project to examine far-distant galaxies also brings benefits closer to home

Initiatives to assist small businesses will help tackle high unemployment

Sector turns to technology to improve efficiency while preserving jobs

Delays to 5G network rollout prompt innovators to test alternative technologies

Mainstream rivals come under pressure to lower fees but micro-lenders still widely used