MIT GSL Mauritius: Winners of Social Impact Award

Over the past 8 weeks, I’ve been attending the MIT GSL [1] programme for Mauritius. It has been an amazing journey. Our team won the Social Impact Award.

Credit: ict.io

Energy demand is increasing yearly but energy supply is having a hard time to catch up in Mauritius. Our project consisted of using IoT devices to reduce energy wastage and to accelerate green energy adoption.

We investigated the greatest consumers of electricity in Mauritius and we found hotels to be among the culprits we hope to tackle. One of the reasons why saving energy is so difficult right now because users don’t know exactly how much each appliance is using. With the advancement of IoT technology and prices of the latter going down, we can now afford to measure the power consumption of each and every device in near real-time.

We can thus analyze the data and remotely turn-off appliances which are wasting energy.

Future plans

Due to high demand with maintenance managers, we hope to provide water and gas monitoring solutions to detect leaks.

If you are paying too much for your electricity bills and you have no idea why? Feel free to contact us. My email address is nayar@joolfoo.com

[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Startup Lab

Mauritians won’t be silent!

Mauritius is going through a very difficult phase. Lots of time we hear that just posting on Facebook won’t change a thing. Mauritians just talk, no action. Mauritians are cowards.
 
The prophet of Islam reportedly said:
 
“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]
 
We cannot actually stop a minister/ti-copin from stealing. We don’t even have access to his office. Forget even the papers. We don’t know what’s happening there.
 
Our voice is what we common Mauritians have — at-least for now. We can see bad things happening. We should talk about it.
 
I don’t have a fucking clue what ICAC et al. do. They are supposed to have powerful hands to stop corruption. Maybe they are helpless too. If your are helpless ICAC, voice it out! We Mauritians are paying you big money.
 
If or When (i hope not) Mauritius becomes like North Korea, we’ll put our votes in ballots in favour of Government despite the heart says otherwise because it then becomes a question of survival.
 
I hope Mauritius never becomes like North Korea. Mauritius is a beautiful country with amazing people. We can’t allow politicians to ruin our reputation and divide us.
 
Peace.
 
 

Abolition of Re-registration Duty for Cars in Mauritius

This morning on Facebook, I came across someone who posted the following:

Let’s have a look on NTA’s instructions on how to sell your car.

source: nta.govmu.org [accessed: 02/05/2017]
The procedures seems fair and easy and not costly. However, the “The deed of sale should be registered at the Registrar General’s Department” part will be very expensive. Why doesn’t the NTA put the all the cost in one place? Anyways, there are no direct links from that page to know how much you have to pay to register the deed of sale.

I had to google it.

The second link is the PDF which has the informations.

2 months ago, I wanted to buy a newer car. But with these exorbitant duties, I refrained.

Now we ask ourselves, how many old cars are involved in fatal accidents? Every time I watch the news, I see BMW, Mercedes, etc being crushed. Where are the old cars? Why are they so hated?

 

Older cars are used exclusively by poor people. Each time a poor person buys an old car, he has to pay Rs 6,500, Rs 10,400, Rs 13,000 for >1001cc, >1251cc, 1501cc respectively.

Math question for CPE students and adults too. [300 points]

Let’s assume each time an old car is sold among the poor, Rs 10,000 goes to the government. How many poor people it takes to pay for the new Pravind Jugnauth car which is valued at Rs 23,541,673? Please leave the answer in the comments.

Why are Mauritians so concerned about Nandanee Soornack?

Mauritians are bored. They love drama. I guess that’s why the media gives them dramas to keep their minds busy after pretending to be busy in 9-6 jobs.

Mauritian Media quoting Nandanee Sournack

Current politicians are abusing power. They are buying BMWs worth more than Rs 20 million rupees each. And our attentions are diverted to some ex-government agents who allegedly abused power. I don’t care anymore! Let’s stop the current ones from blowing our money and selling our beautiful country.

When the opposing party will take power in the next election, we’d reading articles about how the current government didn’t do its job and was corrupt. WTH?

When are we going to focus on TODAY, the day which needs fixing?