Dr Nkhabutlane's submission was labelled "the most innovative solution"!
She was given the award by Professor Amon Murwira, the Honorable Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development in Zimbabwe and Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Imagine yourself attending the conference in Victoria Falls organised by the UNECA. And then imagine listening to this winning 3-minute Pitch by the doctor from the Mountain Kingdom being delivered in a soft but confident voice.
We won’t repeat it verbatim (word for word) but we will give you an idea of what she said; at least we will try:
“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to introduce you briefly to a country where I come from, Lesotho. It is a country lacking in industrial activity. We buy almost all our consumer products from South Africa. Yes, we spend all our money outside the country.
“This, unfortunately, is contributing to a high unemployment rate among the youth and, of course – poverty - because, yes, because, we don’t hold on to our money. I come from the National University of Lesotho Innovation Hub, an institution that is trying to change all that. In there, we develop consumer products and services from laboratory level, we incubate them as businesses, we accelerate them and we push them to industrial parks, finally.
“Within the NUL Innovation Hub, I specifically come from the two companies, Bohlale and Bohlokoa. The two produce superfoods. The companies are based on production and sales of sorghum-based food products. Sorghum is underutilised in the country. But out of it, we make super-foods that are tasty, nutritious and convenient. And our raw-material suppliers are local, because local is lekker.”