Biography - Tendekayi Katsiga
Tendekayi Katsiga is the Operational Director of Deaftronics-Solar Ear Botswana, is a company which produces high quality low cost solar powered hearing aids made by people who are deaf for people with a hearing loss. He is part of a team which developed the first rechargeable hearing aid battery, which lasts for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids on the market today. It is solar powered and can be charged via the sun, household light, or a cell phone plug. Solar Ear also manufactures and sells the first digitally programmable and rechargeable hearing aids, which cost 10% of the market cost and meet WHO standards. The Solar Powered Hearing aid is an open source, which has scaled globally into Brazil, Jordan, China, India and South Africa.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, obtained a Higher National Diploma in Electronics. Attended Microniks Technical College in Canada and became a PACE Certified Instructor/Examiner. Recently featured in the Newsweek magazine, National Geographic, BBC articles, Wired a high Tech Magazine, Daily Edventures Post, I am Youngpreneur, The Heretic, and Smart Planet. Recipient of a South African Designers Awards (DISA) and National Design for Development Award (NDDA).Worked in Zimbabwe, Canada, Brazil, Jordan ,South Africa and Botswana.
He’s been on regional and international platforms attesting to the fact that “disability is not inability” through the collective effort of a dynamic team of Deaftronics; that brought many on board by giving them the opportunity to hear through the very first solar powered hearing aid.