Claire Reid

Inventor

Claire Reid can't get enough of sushi. Or veggies. When she was 22 years old, she invented reel gardening: the vegetable planting method that saves 80% of water during seeds' germination phase. She became the first South African to win first place for the Junior Water Prize at the World Water Week in Stockholm, beating contestants from 23 other countries. That was back in 2003, right after she won the South African leg of the same competition. Reid graduated with a BSc architecture in 2007 at the University of Pretoria and is completing her honours degree. In 2008, she was able to explore her other passion: housing, through an internship with the Johannesburg architecture firm TPSP. Her focus there was on developing environmentally friendly low-income housing. Reid is now starting her own company, Claire Reid Reel Gardening, with the help of the Anglo Zimele Small Business Start Up Fund. � Percy Mabandu

Lunch spot: Tsunami, Rosebank, Johannesburg