SA has its first laptop brand, made in kasi

Entrepreneur Mpumelelo Mahlangu is the brains behind the affordable device

17 May 2021 - 11:05 By Yoliswa Sobuwa
Mpumelelo Mahlangu has produced his own affordable laptop. Stock photo.
Mpumelelo Mahlangu has produced his own affordable laptop. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Daniil Peshkov

With the lockdown enforced on the country and most of the world due to the outbreak of Covid-19, so many creative ideas were conceived in all sectors of the economy. Among the lateral thinkers was Mpumelelo Mahlangu, who thought of finding a solution for a growing need for laptops as more and more people started working from home, while students had to continue with their studies from home as well.

Mahlangu, 27, saw a gap in the market and created his own entry-level laptop to help the disadvantaged. The lad from Soshanguve, north of  Pretoria, is the owner of Dot Connect Electronics, through which his laptop is designed and manufactured in the township.

The Dot Connect laptop was inspired by the national hard lockdown last year. With movements restricted and many people working and learning from home, I decided to design a laptop that would be affordable for everyone, especially students. I thought about the students who depended on internet cafes because they could not afford to buy laptops,” he said.

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