The best definition of innovation I have come across is by US author and speaker Scott Berkun, who's also a former Microsoft engineer. According to him, innovation is significant positive change that brings about a desired outcome.
On the other hand, tradition has been defined as a custom or belief that's passed down through generations; or something that's done time after time in the exact same manner.
These two concepts seem difficult to reconcile, but 49-year-old Sharpeville native Jabulani Mahlangu is on a journey to do exactly that.
The social activist and entrepreneur wants to innovate the tradition of lobola negotiations by creating a standardised agreement template to address what he calls "the custom's shortcomings" - and the vast number of customary marriage cases that end up in court because of poorly written lobola agreements.
"I've attended more than five lobola negotiations as part of various delegations and I've also served as an official scribe at some of them," says Mahlangu.
"I noticed a pattern - the majority of other scribes were using small pieces of paper to record the proceedings. Some of these scripts were illegible, missing critical information like witnesses' signatures, and some didn't even have the couple's correct names and surnames.
"But what baffled me the most is how no African scholar, historian or professor has thought about documenting this all-important rite in a way that would benefit present and future generations," he says.