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Physics pro Wandile Mabanga puts Africa on the map with interactive puzzle

8 February 2017 12:50 PM
Maths genius and entrepreneur Wandile Mabanga is helping people play and learn with his unique, interactive Map Blitz board game.

Maths and physics whizz Wandile Mabanga is making learning fun with his unique and interactive Map Blitz board game.

Map Blitz is the first phase of engaging world map puzzles that are completed with a time challenge. The locally-produced puzzle has 49 pieces, each representing an inland country in Africa.

Map Blitz a product of the world map puzzles. Right now we're rolling out the Africa map. Each country is a piece of the puzzle.

Wandile Mabanga

The puzzle excludes the islands and is scaled to proportion. The aim is to build Africa within 3 minutes, Mabanga explains.

He says the board game aims to educate people about the diversity of the African continent.

The aim is to learn the countries in Africa. Where is Gambia? How does it look like? What's the proportion in relation to Algeria?

Wandile Mabanga

Mabanga advises that the idea is to gamify learning and promote diversity.

Mabanga grew up in KwaThema, a township outskirts of Springs in Gauteng and later studied Wits University.

Despite growing up under difficult circumstances, Mabanga was always engaged in school and curious about the world - constantly watching National Geographic.

In matric, he achieved a perfect 100% mark for maths and 93% for physical science, all in the face of ongoing teacher strikes.

During his undergraduate years, he received a bursary from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation where he says he had support and learnt about entrepreneurship.

The 26-year-old went on to obtain a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics and is now putting his passions to good use.

His long-term goal is to share diversity, add content and host 'cultural diversity tours' for people to interact and engage with various cultures and cuisines from African countries.

We have to start small and educate the continent about the continent.

Wandile Mabanga

The wooden world map puzzles have an educational aspect, ideal for schools, individuals, and corporates.

The product is being used in schools as a teaching tool and has the potential to add value to the education curriculum.

The product will be in retail stores from the end of March and will cost R300. For pre-orders visit the MapBlitz online store.

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8 February 2017 12:50 PM