Clive Puzey is the name behind and the inventor of the Easy Stake.
Clive was born in Bulawayo in the then Rhodesia in 1941. Clive was an entrepreneur and inventor of note in Africa.
Because he was dyslexic and did not learn to read until he was 16, as a schoolboy he had focused his energies on inventive and technical achievements. He made crystal sets and model aircraft while at school.
When he was 12 years old Clive made the first Easy Stakes to support his mother’s delphiniums. He has kept one of the originals, made from wire filched from his father’s fence, and has improved on that original design to produce the current Easy Stake.
After studying at the Aeronautical and Automobile College, Chelsea, London, Clive returned to Rhodesia to join the family business, Puzey & Diss Motors. He eventually left Puzey & Diss to establish his own service station.
Clive lived through Rhodesia’s Universal Declaration for Independence and the subsequent 20 year war with life under international sanctions, until Rhodesia gained independence and became Zimbabwe.
The day to day and economic challenges of living under sanctions during a war provided an environment which stimulated Clive’s entrepreneurial and inventive skills. Clive focused on making machines to produce many of the products now unavailable because of sanctions.
- made a printing machine to make paint colour charts which a Japanese company purchased
- made machines to make dressmaking pins, paper clips and staples
- built his own wire drawing machinery
- mad a machine to manufacture speedometer cables to get round sanctions
Clive loved motor racing, flying and sailing and used his inventiveness to the benefit of his family. He gained national colours in motor racing and flying.
- Clive was not allowed to race formula 1 internationally because of sanctions but won races in SQ and Rhodesia
- Clive designed a replica racing car for his children which he then produced for the market
- Clive built beach buggies with a South African partner and sold 3000 in Rhodesia
- Clive built aircraft from reclaimed Oregan pine, polystyrene and fibreglass
- Clive built many racing cars and raced them successfully
- Clive built Optimist sailing boats in which his children competed internationally
His experience with dyslexia, his serious health challenges after motor accidents and his understanding the injuries caused by war, have developed in Clive an interest in supporting people with disabilities. He:
- employed people with disabilities to make the original garden stakes, modifying the machines to meet their needs
- invented games to strengthen hand control skills and problem solving
- designed and manufactured hand controls for injured soldiers’ cars
The political situation in Zimbabwe forced Clive to leave that country. He migrated to Australia in 2003 and settle in Toowoomba, known as the Garden City.