MPUMELELO Mahlangu wants to help students with their school work.
He plans to do this with the launch of his Mzansi laptop DTC400.
The laptop is the first one from the township to compete with a wide range of budget entry-level laptops.
Mpumelelo from Soshanguve in Tshwane said he struggled while studying civil engineering at Tshwane North College in 2017.
“I had to depend on internet cafes and computer labs. A lot of students like myself are going to struggle even harder now with the school setting changing,” said Mpumelelo.
DTC400 came about during lockdown when people’s movement was restricted and many others worked and learned from home.
Mpumelelo saw a gap in the market and came up with a solution to create his own entry-level laptop, a product all consumers could afford.
“The aim is to build an electronics brand that will compete against foreign-owned brands.
“We don’t have a South African- made laptops or TVs, so we want to penetrate that market in terms of product quality, affordability and making sure this increases the employment rate. We aim to continue manufacturing and servicing the laptop in Mzansi.”
DTC400 offers a 64GB storage space, 128GB dual hard drive, SSD port, 14-inch screen, 400mah battery and a 6GB Ram. The laptop will be available online for R4 999.
But Mpumelelo is still waiting for approval for licensing from the Icasa.