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The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed David Gluckman, co-founder of Lumkani, maker of an affordable, networked fire detector.

Lumkani means "beware" in Xhosa.

Smoky townships make smoke detectors impractical. Lumkani detects high temperatures instead.

All Lumkani detectors within 60 metres of a fire are triggered, creating a community-wide call to action.

We must not fall into the trap of building things that no one wants or needs - a prominent trend in Western tech start-ups.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

Lumkani – a three-year-old start-up – has won several awards, including a People's Choice Award at the Global Social Venture Competition in California.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

You must detect fire early and give people sufficient warning.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

The real costs of these fires cannot be determined.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’ve built a really good piece of technology.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

The device retails at R120.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’ve saved lives and property.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’re looking at exciting ways to drive down costs.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

We’re in 5000 homes across Cape Town, Johannesburg and Namibia.

David Gluckman, Co-Founder of Lumkani

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