Innovators battle for big bucks

Maps Maponyane, host of’s Hangman. The show highlights innovators and their inventions, which they hope will clinch them a R1million prize. Picture by Lettie Ferreira.


IF YOU have yet to catch an episode of Hangman, on at 11.50am on Sundays (repeated at 1pm on Saturdays), note that it is is a fascinating local series in which innovative contestants do battle for R1million.

Hosted by Maps Maponyane, the show highlights innovators and their inventions, which they hope will clinch them the cash prize.

In the last episode, Sello Paul Malinga – inventor of the Spinetector Suit – become the second finalist to leave the Cell C-sponsored reality show.

The eight contestants remaining to do battle for the R1million on the show are:

·  Bonex Mwakikunga (aged 50 from Pretoria): Breath-Tech Sensor, a diabetes breathalyser.

·  Chelsea Anne Hornby (aged 24 from Roodepoort): Elle reusable menstrual cup and female hygiene management.

·  Christo Rossouw (aged 35 from Klerksdorp): Mosquito repellent lamp.

·  Claire Reid (aged 31 from Parkview, Johannesburg): Reel Gardening, a pre-fertilised, pre- spaced colour-coded seed tape.

·  Dean Fegen (aged 41 from Alberton): The Polyhammer which replaces the need for copper and rubber hammers in underground mining.

·  Lebohang Motsoeneng (aged 28 from Naturena in Johannesburg): The I-waiter is an electronic button device that attracts the attention of a restaurant waiter via a fashionable vibrating watch.

·  Rupert Taljaard (aged 45 from Yzerfontein, Western Cape): Halt Lock is a revolutionary anti-theft/anti hijacking device that prevents the driveshaft of the stolen vehicle from turning the wheels thus preventing its theft.

·   Sean T Armstrong (aged 35 from Bedfordview): Uni Click is a safety syringe that improves the safety, accuracy and precision of medical dosing.

The Top 8 have to win the approval of the ‘Backers’ (judges), captains of industry and investment, They are celebrity economist Iraj Abedian; self-made billionaire Quinton van der Burgh; Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa; and businesswoman and entrepreneur Connie Mashaba.

Hangman is more than a TV show with a weekly broadcast. Viewers can enjoy 24/7 entertainment via a Cell C Reality app where they can truly immerse themselves in the show.

They can play “The Exchange” and win prizes; get to know the ‘Backers’ and watch sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes footage. Viewers can also get involved in the show itself – if their service matches a contestants’ need, they stand a chance to be in front of cameras.

All customers that download the Cell C Reality App automatically receive 100 000 points which they can use to participate in the ‘The Exchange’. Points are allocated to play the game. Customers win a variety of prizes by playing the game, including a car, scooter, smartphones, data, cash and vouchers.

The innovator who succeeds in garnering the support of the Backers, while rallying viewer/‘investor’ sentiment, could walk away with a R1 million cash prize and everything needed to succeed in a 21st century market.

Contestants and viewers do not need to be a Cell C customer to play or download the App but Cell C customers will receive bonuses for participation and watching the show.

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