Seven things you might not have known were invented in SA

Seven things you might not have known were invented in SA

Mzansi is renowned for our beautiful scenery and nature, but did you know we’ve invented some really cool stuff too?

Kreepy Krauly
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Being proudly South African comes easily once you think about all the great stuff about our country.

Our beautiful scenery, great weather, extravagant nature, rich history, and inclusive legislation make us stand out for the best reasons.

But it’s not only the above-mentioned aspects that we can be proud of as South Africans. Our country has produced some cool inventions, some of which you might not even have known about.

Here are seven things you might not have known were invented in SA:

1.     Oil from Coal

2.     The Heart Transplant

3.     Kreepy Krauly

"Kreepy Krauly’s unique cleaning action was pioneered by Ferdinand Chauvier, a South African hydraulics engineer who was seeking a solution to the laborious task of cleaning a swimming pool," says the official Kreepy Krauly website. 

4.     Dolosse


Dolosse enables water to freely pass through and around them, effectively reducing the impact of the waves. Furthermore, they offer the flexibility to be arranged in a haphazard manner or neatly stacked. According to reports, the dolos (plural dolosse) is a South African invention for which the inventors received no payment or recognition. They did not take out a patent either because they were employed by the South African Railway & Harbour Services at the time they designed it.

5.     Pratley Putty

6.     Q20

In 1950, Q20 lubricant was invented by a Mr Robertson in Pinetown. This was to displace water from the distributor caps on the old VW Beetle, which was notorious for stalling in wet weather.

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7.     Transplant of 3-D printed bones

A pioneering surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones was developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences. “3D technology is allowing us to do things we never thought we could,” says Prof Tshifularo

South Africa has a long history of invention and innovation that we can all be proud of.

Here are some more honourable mentions, according to researcher Nick Hedley:

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