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Cape Entrepreneur Aims To Help End “Bucket System” With Low-cost, Green Loo

An affordable, green solution to the “bucket system” that is also a viable alternative to flush plumbing, could soon be available…

The Lovely Loo, a self-contained, waterless, private, self-composting toilet was designed by Francois De Flamingh, the owner of United Development.

Better Living Challenge Creates A Ripple Effect On Social Media

#bebetter campaign

Better Living Challenge was showcased at the Design Indaba Expo 2015 as part of the Western Cape Government’s design strategy implemented by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI).


As a result, the #bebetter campaign was developed for Better Living Challenge to share great ideas, including how to improve low-income living in South Africa. The campaign created a ripple of innovation through shared inspiration reaching over 100,000 users on social media with no cost investment in the execution.

Lumkani: Award in the Better Living Challenge Comfortable Home Category

Award Wnner David Gluckman

“Better Living Challenge is a platform for us to continue to improve the lives of South Africans” – David Gluckman

Lumkani is a low-cost fire detector and integrated service that alerts inhabitants, their neighbours and the local fire station when and where a fire breaks out.

Award Winner Formula D Interactive’s Cityspec Tool

Award Winner Michael Wolf

Formula D Interactive’s Cityspec tool takes the award in the Connected Home Category of the Better Living Challenge.

“We are glad to have received the award; it will enable us to further develop the Cityspec app which will have a positive impact on the lives of people in low-income areas.”- Michael Wolf.

USE-IT Takes Award in Better Living Challenge Structural Home Category

Chris Whyte of USE-IT

USE-IT identifies waste beneficiation opportunities to help divert waste from landfill and create employment in the green economy.


Better Living Challenge announced the 3 winners of the competition on Tuesday 25 November 2014, who will each now receive R500 000’s worth of customised support to help them take their solutions to the next level. Better Living Challenge will guide this process to ensure that the winners receive maximum value from the award.

Better Living Challenge Announces Its Winners!

Better Living Challenge Winners

Winners announced at Better Living Challenge Awards Ceremony,  at the Cape Town City Hall.

Following a two week public exhibition and a strict voting process, The Better Living Challenge - a design competition showcasing green and affordable solutions to improve the homes of people living in low-income communities - has announced its winners.

Counting Down To The Better Living Challenge Showcase

The Better Living Challenge showcase event comprising of life-size home structures, interactive displays and a programme of lunch-time talks will take place this October and November at the Cape Town station forecourt.

Check the programme of activities at the Cape Town station forecourt.

Better Living Challenge Showcase Launch

The Better Living Challenge’s (#WDC204) signature Showcase event will be taking place in October and November 2014.

The showcase comprises of an exhibition at the V&A Waterfront and life-size interactive displays, talks and debates at the Cape Town Station Forecourt.

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