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Limpopo learner invents anti-GBV "spy gadget"

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Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo has praised the inventor of a device designed to help curb human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV) that plagues women in South Africa.

Bohlale Mphahlele, a 16-year-old Grade 11 learner at SJ van der Merwe Technical High School in Lebowakgomo Circuit, Capricorn South District, invented the spy-like device known as an “Alerting Ear piece”. The idea is to track victims of human trafficking and GBV by placing the small device in their earrings which will capture photos of perpetrators, enabling the police to quickly identify them.

Bohlale’s invention was recently displayed at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in the category for Engineering-electronics and embedded systems.

The young inventor noted that the past few weeks have been difficult on the provincial education sector, as the province has been experiencing the tormenting pain of gender-based violence on learners.

“It is a difficult thing to go through as a mother and a leader. We are always looking for answers and ways to protect our children, and this invention by our learner gives me hope that we shall overcome.

“I am firm believer in technology and its capacity to address some of the challenges we encounter. It is a proud moment to see that all our efforts towards improving technical schools in the province are yielding results,” said Boshielo on Tuesday.

The MEC has also voiced her appreciation to Bohlale’s peers and a group of teachers rallying behind her in this technological endeavour to end Gender Based Violence in South Africa. 

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