A master’s student in civil engineering at the University of Johannesburg, Adivhaho Mphaphuli wants to ameliorate South Africa’s water scarcity. She grew up in a rural area with little information regarding scarcity and, given the need to avoid wasting water in South Africa and around the world, she wants to change that.
Mphaphuli has taken a course in artificial intelligence and is using the Internet of Things and her self-designed wireless sensor network to reduce water leakages. Her projects have been recognised internationally, winning the Falling Walls Lab competition for South Africa in Germany. Using technological opportunities afforded by the fourth industrial revolution to identify water leakages will modernise and improve municipal responses. More than that, Mphaphuli is energised by her transferable knowledge and has recently started a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) awareness project called STEM-Pro, teaching the next generation about these important disciplines.
Giving is not only something I am passionate about, but it is also a part of who I am. It helps me feel complete.