Students reach out with skills

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The University of Fort Hare’s Enactus team. Picture: SUPPLIED

A group of University of Fort Hare (UFH) students have used their digital skills to provide services for the community.

They are part the Enactus student team, an entrepreneurial non-governmental organisation that aims to promote entrepreneurship in communities through the use of students, academics and business leaders by identifying or initiating community projects.

Their Healthcare Made Easy (HME) project was developed when the team entered the MTN ICT Challenge in 2019, to develop digital services to address socio-econnomic challenges in line with sustainable development goals.

“HME was among the winners and achieved sponsorship funds for the development of the solution.

“Winners were required to register companies for their apps so they could use MTN Mobile Money as a payment system,” said UFH Encatus vice-president Lebogang Dludlu.

Former member Vuyo Mbalane said the HME app helped a user get someone to queue for them at medical facilities.

“The app was meant to only focus on the health sector since its features include storing medical records, setting up reminders for things such as prescriptions and being able to record your BMI,” Mbalane said.

The app will be available on the Andriod PlayStore soon. The information storage will be cloud-based.

Dlulu said the app was developed by honours information systems student Tanya Chikopera.

The group is also implementing a water purification project in Alice. “

The system purifies grey water to be reusable, to meet the scarcity of water and to save as much water as possible.” Mbalane said.

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