ShapeShifter

Meet David Gluckman and learn how he hopes to stop township fires, forever

(Click here for more "ShapeShifter" articles such as this one.)

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed David Gluckman, co-founder of Lumkani, maker of an affordable, networked fire detector.

Lumkani means "beware" in Xhosa.

Smoky townships make smoke detectors impractical. Lumkani detects high temperatures instead.

All Lumkani detectors within 60 metres of a fire are triggered, creating a community-wide call to action.

We must not fall into the trap of building things that no one wants or needs - a prominent trend in Western tech start-ups.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

Lumkani – a three-year-old start-up – has won several awards, including a People's Choice Award at the Global Social Venture Competition in California.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

You must detect fire early and give people sufficient warning.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

The real costs of these fires cannot be determined.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’ve built a really good piece of technology.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

The device retails at R120.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’ve saved lives and property.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’re looking at exciting ways to drive down costs.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’re in 5000 homes across Cape Town, Johannesburg and Namibia.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : Meet David Gluckman and learn how he hopes to stop township fires, forever


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Claire Reid, at 16, simplified food growing with her award-winning invention

Claire Reid, at 16, simplified food growing with her award-winning invention

She barely passed science, yet her creation won global awards and enables people to easily grow food even when water is scarce.

Meet humanitarian Kevin Chaplin of the SA Ubuntu and Amy Biehl Foundations

Meet humanitarian Kevin Chaplin of the SA Ubuntu and Amy Biehl Foundations

Meet award-winning speaker Kevin Chaplin, who raised more than R8 million for various charities in the past six years.

Meet Adrian Hewlett, inspirational marketing man with a giving heart

Meet Adrian Hewlett, inspirational marketing man with a giving heart

Adrian Hewlett is the young, yet accomplished, CEO of Publicis Machine, one of SA’s leading integrated digitally focused agencies.

Get up! Stand up! Meet Mark Heywood, co-founder of Treatment Action Campaign

Get up! Stand up! Meet Mark Heywood, co-founder of Treatment Action Campaign

Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27, a public interest law centre promoting human rights. This is his story…

Meet Jay Naidoo, still fighting for justice after all these years

Meet Jay Naidoo, still fighting for justice after all these years

He fought Apartheid, led Cosatu and served as Minister under Madiba. Now he's fighting world hunger and poor governance in Africa.

Meet Wendy Appelbaum, one of Africa’s richest and most giving daughters

Meet Wendy Appelbaum, one of Africa’s richest and most giving daughters

We interview one of Africa's richest people about her amazing life and her drive to make a difference by giving back.

Meet the noble soul who lives to serve and ease suffering

Meet the noble soul who lives to serve and ease suffering

Meet Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of Gift of the Givers, Africa's largest NGO.

Meet Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Princess of Africa, philanthropist, businesswoman…

Meet Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Princess of Africa, philanthropist, businesswoman…

How Yvonne Chaka Chaka became a superstar and how she’s doing well by doing good.

How to create a new, 12-million strong capitalist class with the stroke of a pen

How to create a new, 12-million strong capitalist class with the stroke of a pen

Leslie Sedibe says govt can create 12m land owners “with a stroke of a pen” by giving title deeds to shack dwellers.

No water? No problem! Young entrepreneur profits from crisis with invention

No water? No problem! Young entrepreneur profits from crisis with invention

Ludwick Marishane talks about entrepreneurship, his water saving invention and becoming SA’s youngest patent holder at 17.

Popular articles
We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

He was punched in the face by a motorist last week and tracked the driver down for a meet-up, instead of laying charges.

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

The world now knows never to underestimate the athletic form of SA cricketer AB de Villiers after this gravity-defying catch.

Brace yourself the cold is not going anywhere

Brace yourself the cold is not going anywhere

Forcaster, Kumsa Masizana says a cut-off low resulting throughout most parts of the country.

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

It's time to dim the light, lie back, relax and enjoy a bit of one-on-one time - with yourself!

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

Another heist was carried out in Boksburg on Thursday morning and led to five people being arrested.

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Paralympian Hendri Herbst will take Durbanville Hills to court after his guide dog was denied entry inside the restaurant in 2014.

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

The eradication of medical aid co-payments is one of a number of changes to the medical aid scheme proposed by Aaron Motsoaledi.

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

What's Gone Viral with Khabazela brings you tweets, posts and YouTube videos that have social media talking.