Two Port Elizabeth teenagers have challenged conventional building methods with their uncanny innovation for alternative low-cost roofing. Destinee Frost and Sumaiyah Lagardien, grade 10 pupils at Westering High School, have developed a method to repurpose used vehicle tyres as roof tiles at a fraction of the cost of conventional tiles used by building contractors. They now intend to patent their idea which earned them second place in the fourth Step Up 2 A Start Up Youth Entrepreneurship Awards last week. The government’s official tyre-recycling project, Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of SA (Redisa), hit the skids several months ago. The High Court in Cape Town granted the order to the Department of Environmental Affairs over the alleged misappropriation of funds at Redisa, whose source of income was a national tyre levy. Its assets were transferred to the Waste Management Bureau. Frost and Lagardien’s idea may be one solution to mop up excess used tyres. "We chose t...

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