SAB Foundation empowers small business
Founder of Paratrend, Zahied Mukadamm, has with the help of the South African Breweries Foundation Social and Disability Empowerment Awards (SABFSDEA) recently achieved his lifelong dream of having one of his double tubed modular designed wheelchairs to the Paralympic Olympic Games.
Mukadamm’s company, Paratrend’s, is a medical device development start up company, that designs and markets medical devices with a special focus on wheelchair users.
Mukadamm who works as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist at the Cape Peninsula University Of Technology in Cape Town , with the help of Maties Para-Sport and MANCOSA, previously sent American Paralympian, Michael Ballard one of his designs to use in Hungary to participate in the games.
“It has been a long but very rewarding journey, facing several set-backs and many financial challenges. But I could not shake this desire of seeing my work at the Paralympic Games,” said Mukadamm.
The innovator was shot in an unfortunate incident, on his way to work in1993, which subsequently left him paralysed from the chest down.
In 2016, Mukadamm entered the SABFSDE Awards and he was awarded R300 000 in business support funding in the Disability Empowerment Development Awards category.
The South African Breweries Foundation offered a Mukadamm with the opportunity of a lifetime.
According to SAB, Mukadamm has shown great to achieving his goal and the organisation is ecstatic with at the level of commitment shown by the innovator. They further encouraged him to continue creating groundbreaking medical devices and wished the start up continued success.