South African student launched his own smartphone – Thatha
Lesley Ncube (26)graduated in June and has already created his own smartphone and software and hardware company IN South Africa “I was 14 when I fell in love with tech,” Lesley tells DRUM. “I realized that this is what I should do to work towards making a change, and the impact I want in the tech industry for Africa.”bout Microsoft founder Bill Gates at a young age.These days the young man from KwaZulu-Natal is the proud owner of Thatha, a software and computer hardware company he started two years ago. “Thatha, which means take in isiZulu, started as an online shop and I’ve always had a bigger vision for it,” Lesley says.“I was 14 when I fell in love with tech,” Lesley tells DRUM. “I realised that this is what I should do to work towards making a change, and the impact I want in the tech industry for Africa.
Part of that bigger vision includes producing affordable devices for Africans by Africans. That’s why he’s launched his own smartphone. “With Thatha, I decided to go the traditional route by starting with developing hardware, then moving on to software. That’s when we developed the Shumi smartphone.”
The phone, Ncube says alongside other devices that they make and program themselves are available on their site. He started creating the smartphone in 2014.
”It costs R4000 including free delivery. visit To buy his smartphone. Visit http://thatha.co.za