Levers in Heels’ 100 African Women in STEM Fighting COVID-19

Levers in Heels’ 100 African Women in STEM Fighting COVID-19
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3.  Sibongile Mongadi (South Africa)

Sibongile Mongadi

Sibongile Mongadi, founder of Uku’hamba (pty) Ltd. – a South African company using 3D printing technology to produce low cost prosthetic limbs, has redirected all her company’s focus to manufacture more than 200 3D printed protective masks and shields for frontline workers in South Africa, to help in its fight against the COVID-19 crisis.

Sibongile is also developing an editable, open source 3D ventilator which will be manufactured using 3D printing and laser cutting technology to contribute towards shortages of ventilators needed in the country’s health care facilities.

Sibongile Mongadi is a young trailblazer and the visionary behind Uku’hamba (pty) Ltd. Her entrepreneurial talents emerged from a personal experience after interacting with an amputee at a health facility in Johannesburg. This experience led her to make a positive impact and improve the quality life of amputees by giving them back their independence.