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jonga.co

Founded Year

2016

Stage

Biz Plan Competition - II | Alive

Total Raised

$80K

Last Raised

$10K | 3 yrs ago

About Jonga

Jonga is a social enterprise that provides community based alert systems for lower to middle income households.

Jonga Headquarter Location

26 Roslyn Road Rondebosch

Cape Town, 7700,

South Africa

083 596 4011

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Local tech startup implements security system in townships

Sep 22, 2020

Local tech startup implements security system in townships Jonga has created an affordable security system for users in township areas In an interview with Ventureburn, Mgiba shared that the goal for Jonga was to create the most affordable security system available. He added that they wanted to “democratise” security and show that its security systems were not just for the “elite.”  Community-based security system According to the Jonga website, their vision is to strengthen individual safety through the power of their community. Using an online platform, users of Jonga’s innovative app are able to connect the built-in security system notify them of any security breaches when sensors are triggered. In addition, the app will notify users’ emergency contacts via SMS. Through partnering with the South African safety app, Namola, residents are also able to contact emergency services. One of the many threats to safety and security in the townships is the lack of electricity. With this in mind, the motion sensors are also installed with an ultra-durable battery that has a six-month lifespan after a single charge. Clients can also easily monitor battery levels of the security system via the Jonga app. The long road before launching Mgiba explained that since founding the company he and the team had gone through a long thoughtful process on the challenges that the townships face, the development of the product, and the fundraising. “We developed the hardware from scratch,” said Mgiba. Jonga has received funding from various Angel Investors including, Dale Williams, Melvyn Lubega, and Mark Forrester. Jonga had also received seed funding from the Savant Venture Fund. They were able to launch their system in January of this year, only a few months before South Africa went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mgiba told Ventureburn in an interview that they weren’t able to sell their product until the country went into Level 3 lockdown. Using the lockdown period to improve their product offering, Jonga was able to improve their system and platform. Unique challenges for township security According to Mgiba there are unique challenges that townships face when it comes to security and safety. He explained that the ratio of police to residents in townships is “less favourable.” Due to the high density of people living in township areas, there is a a lack of resources to increase security measures. Mgiba stated that the goal for Jonga was to create the most affordable security system available. He added that they wanted to “democratise” security and show that its security systems were not just for the “elite.”

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  • When was Jonga founded?

    Jonga was founded in 2016.

  • Where is Jonga's headquarters?

    Jonga's headquarters is located at 26 Roslyn Road, Cape Town.

  • What is Jonga's latest funding round?

    Jonga's latest funding round is Biz Plan Competition - II.

  • How much did Jonga raise?

    Jonga raised a total of $80K.

  • Who are the investors of Jonga?

    Investors of Jonga include Social Tech Startup Challenge, Savant Venture Fund, Technology Innovation Agency, SAB Foundation, Santam and 3 more.

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