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Zim Engineer One Of Four Finalists In Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

A Zimbabwean has been chosen amongst four finalists for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. South African based chemical engineer Collins Saburu joins three other African finalists. The finalists come from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and were chosen for engineering innovations that provide new solutions…

According to Africa Prize judge, Ms Rebecca Enonchong,” The finalists were selected from a pool of 16 shortlisted candidates from seven countries spanning sub-Saharan Africa and for the first time, Zimbabwe and Ghana were being represented by Africa Prize finalists.</p><p>“All 16 candidates have received tailored business mentorship, developing skills that last a lifetime

All four of our finalists have found novel ways to address critical challenges in their home countries — in fact, problems that are faced all over the world. “We’re proud to be part of the development of world-class African technologies, and to support emerging African entrepreneurs,”

Collins Saburu a Zimbabwean chemical engineer based in South Africa has been named as one of the four finalists in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Saburu developed a process to recover precious metals found in the autocatalytic converters. In a statement, Africa Prize said

He developed AltMet, a process that recovers the precious metals found in the autocatalytic converters of all petrol and diesel vehicles. The common car part reduces the toxicity of vehicle gas emissions, and the converter itself contains the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) platinum, palladium and rhodium. These are all valuable and useful for industrial processes, and on the European Union’s Critical Materials List, making a strong case for recycling them…All four of our finalists have found novel ways to address critical challenges in their home countries — in fact, problems that are faced all over the world.

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