Words: Laura Jones
Founded by: CEO, Zolani Matebese and COO, Thabisile Sethaba
A one-stop shop for funeral planning which digitises the funeral and death care process. You can do everything from your phone: use it to plan, book and manage a funeral. Book pickups from hospitals/hospices, order a casket/urn, select a cemetery/grave, order flowers, book catering, arrange a reception and organise transport. Sendoff also has checklists detailing all the steps needed to properly plan a funeral, as well as links to their website that contains a wealth of data around how to do anything related to a funeral. It operates on a ‘user first’ principle which prioritises aesthetics and functionality and is super simple to use. The app also provides a management layer that project manages all tasks generated by a user, based on project management principles.
Free download: Google Play store, Apple App store, and the Huawei App Gallery
The South AfricanCollege of Applied Psychology (SACAP) and the Knowledge Trust. This mini-course, aptly named, The Growth Mindset Course, is delivered via Whatsapp, providing essential personal development training to help prepare young people for success in the world of work. Karolyne Williams, SACAP’s Head of Strategic Innovation, was invited by The Knowledge Trust and SACAP became involved – the group is passionate about reducing youth unemployment. She says that a fixed mindset can be shifted to a growth mindset through training. “Young people in South Africa need more than a vision or goals for their lives, they must have the tools, the personal wherewithal, to turn their dreams into realities. The training opens their eyes to what they can do to drive their own development and helps them realise they are capable of much more than they think.”
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Free download: sign up on the website for the course, delivered on Whatsapp
Founded by: the non-profit company DEAFinition.
DEAFinition provides services and funding opportunities to promote equal access for the Deaf community in South Africa. Newly launched, the SASL DEAFinition app helps bridge the communication gap between the Deaf and the hearing. Think of the app as a Sign Language dictionary. Profoundly Deaf people can’t learn to talk, thus the app encourages hearing people to learn to sign. Search for a word or phrase in English, and a video of the sign will appear. Video is important to show the movement and location of the sign, as well as palm orientation and other details. These important components of creating a sign can’t be easily conveyed via a static image. The app gives you access to thousands
of words to learn as a foundation for sentence construction and a randomly generated word of the day will appear for users to learn. The app is divided into tips about dealing with those in the Deaf community, for example, how to get someone’s attention in a polite and appropriate way.
Users can access, via the app, a course in South Af rican Sign Language, Interpreter Services, and there’s an explanation on how corporates can benefit from
tax incentives for socio-economic development by donating towards projects that upskill the Deaf community. South Africa has more than 4 million deaf and hard of hearing people (2020 findings). By far the biggest limitation for the Deaf community is access to information. Prejudice and incorrect assumptions mean that Deaf people’s rights are often overlooked or denied.