We have such an amazing country, and although not everything is positive there is still no place like home. Being Proudly South African is not just something we say, but more by what our actions portray. All is possible and no matter how big or small, here at Cinnabar we will help you to transform your vision into reality through our ‘clearly creative’ philosophy. Be inspired by these great home grown South African inventions.
Did you know : The unique and refreshing Red Bush tea, known locally as Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), grows only in the Cederberg area of the Western Cape.
Celebrating RSA Inventions
- Kreepy Crawley – The Kreepy Crawley was the world’s first automatic pool cleaning unit, and was invented by South African Ferdinand Chauvier in 1974.
- Smartlock Safety Syringe – This syringewas developed by Hendrikus J. van der Meyden and Alexis A. Wadman in 1992. This safety syringe has made it nearly impossible for medical practitioners to be stuck by needles, and is now used globally by medical staff to reduce the risk of HIV/Aids infection through needle-stick injuries
- Retinal Cryoprobe – A South African doctor named Percy Amolis invented the Retinal Cryoprobe, commonly used to repair detached retina and remove cataracts.
- Computicket – Percy Tucker wanted to find a way to make theatre-going easier for fellow South Africans. Tucker’s vision went national in 1971. Soon after that it was used globally..
- Appletiser – This fruit juice was developed in Elgin in 1965.
- CAT scan – South African physicist Allan Cormack and the Brit Godfrey Hounsfield, developed the CAT scan whilst working at Tufts University in the UK. Their achievement was recognised, winning them the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- Pratley’s glue – Krugersdorp engineer George Pratley invented his famous sticky stuff in the 1960s while looking for glue that would hold components together in an electrical box. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together.
- Q20 – The Q20 magical water-repelling liquid lubricant was developed by Mr. Robertson of KwaZulu-Natal. It prevents rust, lubricates squeaky door hinges, and makes removing stubborn nuts and bolts easier.
- Dolosse – Dolosse are large concrete structures used internationally to protect harbours, seawalls and coastlines around the world. It was invented by South African Eric Merrifield. In 1963 East London harbour was the first in the world to have the Dolosse installed.
“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard