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Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation Award

Shonaquip, a social enterprise committed to improving the quality of life of people living with severe disabilities through appropriate seating devices and services, was honoured with the Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation award.
 

 
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2014 Innovation Award winners Shonaquip, along with Mariëtte du Plessis of Adams & Adams.
Shonaquip’s in-house design department continues to innovate and develop a range of mobility and postural support devices that are locally produced and hand-assembled at its factory in Cape Town.
 
One of their latest designs, the Madiab2Go Buggy was on display at the Africa is Now exhibition on the expo floor.  
The Madiba2Go Buggy is a rugged and adaptable mobile seating system, especially suited for young wheelchair users living in challenging rural environments.
 
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The Madiba2Go’s lightweight modular seat is detachable from the sturdy base frame and has multiple adjustments to effectively manage and improve the posture of each individual user. This helps to reduce and prevent the development of serious life-threatening secondary health complications.
 
The seat has been designed so that its thin profile becomes almost invisible once the child is seated, shifting the visual focus to the child and enabling better socialisation and inclusion.
For this innovative design, Shonaquip was awarded a cash prize of R50 000, courtesy of Adams & Adams.
 
Special commendation:
Judges also decided to award a special commendation to Mezimbite Forest Centre for their innovative and holist process that encompasses environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Mezimbite Forest Centre, the first and largest indigenous tree nurseries and reforestation programme in Mozambique, was also represented on the Africa is Now exhibition as well as at the African Pavilion.
In recognition of their innovative approach, Mezimbite Forest Centre received 6sqm of free stand space at Design Indaba Expo 2014.