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Khusela wins Seedstars Cape Town with this savvy fire-detection device

In the past few weeks, the global Seedstars World competition has been making its rounds across Africa in an effort to find the most impressive startups from emerging markets to compete with each other in Geneva, Switzerland. The regional trip recently rounded off in Cape Town, with Khusela being awarded first prize for having developed a low-cost, innovative fire-detection device.

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Mainly designed with condensed housing such as shanty towns in mind, Khusela has created a proactive early-warning system. Khusela means “project” in Xhosa and revolves around the idea that traditional smoke detectors are too expensive and don’t meet the specific demands of shacks.

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