If you have invented something that you feel should be protected by registering it as a patent, you probably should get in touch with an attorney who specialises in this field as soon as possible. Such an attorney will be able to help you determine whether your invention qualify to be registered, assist with the application process, and manage all elements involved to ensure that the process is not compromised.
One of the most important things to remember is to keep your invention secret at all costs. This is not said out of paranoia, but rather because disclosing the invention before application for a patent might disqualify it, based on the fact that it is not considered new anymore.
The next step would be to contact Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated. We specialise in all matters related to intellectual property and will be able to provide you with an expert attorney to guide you through the process.