Tech savvy MUT student designs app
Mangosuthu University of Technology student, Mzamo Handsome Mbhele, this year created an App called the Prepaid-TopUp.
The 22-year-old entrepreneur was born and raised in Umlazi township in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. He is currently a third year Information Technology (IT) student at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).
Mzobe created an App that allows people to scan their airtime slip using the back camera of their smart phones, to recharge or load airtime onto their devices . When using the App, the user must ensure that the voucher is within the frame of the back camera and which will then allow the App to automatically scan the voucher.
The Prepaid-TopUp app is designed to help the user save time, as it makes the recharging process simpler and quicker, since there is no need to dial in the the voucher number. It is of benefit to people who are visually challenged, elderly and any other person who may experience difficulty capturing their airtime voucher details correctly.
The App is now available on Google Play Store as well as on the Huawei App Gallery and is free to download. All South African networks are eligible to recharge using the App.
Mzobe says the influence to create emanated from seeing his sister, Thobeka who has poor eyesight struggle with loading airtime or data onto her device.
“I was inspired by my sister to create this App she is using prescribed spectacles to help with her eyesight. She has always been asking me to help her to recharge airtime, so I thought to make something special that would change her life”, explained Mzobe.
The App was originally designed for his sisters use and any other friend who’d be able to make use of it. It was his sister who convinced him to make it available online for the general public to download it.
Mzobe is generating income from the App, he is also promoting the app with the use of adverts, App users must are sent promo adverts that from the App that require the user to have internet access.
The entrepreneur has stressed that being an IT student proved to be beneficial, especially when he was creating the App, it enabled him to think creatively and out of the box, he was inundated with ideas.
“Creating this App helped me to widen my knowledge and think creatively and that is something you are not taught in school, this really opened my mind and helped me realise that if you can think it, you probably can
do it when it comes to the world of technology”, he said.
His dream is to be an independent software developer and make many Apps that will have an impact in the communities and to help people to realise the potential of software development growth in South Africa.