Wendy wins third spot

2017-06-22 06:01
Khayelitsha’s Wendy Somlayi flanked by Mayco members JP Smith and Eddie Andrews and Mayor Patricia De Lille. PHOTO: Bruce Sutherland

Khayelitsha’s Wendy Somlayi flanked by Mayco members JP Smith and Eddie Andrews and Mayor Patricia De Lille. PHOTO: Bruce Sutherland

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A Khayelitsha woman who started her recycling business by raising little cash has made it to the thrid place in the finals of the City of Cape Town Youth Start Challenge competition.

Wendy Somlayi, is the founder of the Wheely in a Wheelie project, where she collects waste material from homes which she turns it into manure and then sell it to food gardens in Khayelitsha.

Somlayi, 23, is a vibrant recycle entrepreneur who came up with the concept of the waste food to manure and back to food gardens concept, had successfully convinced the judges that deserved to be in the top three of the competition winners.

The competition, which saw about 160 budding entrepreneurs take part has been running for over a month till the finals.

“We will give residents specially made bags which they put into their wheelie bins where they put food waste there, we come collect and then start the process of turning the waste into manure.

We then go to food gardens around Khayelitsha and sell this manure. A situation where everybody wins,” she told adjudicators during the pitching stages.

More than 160 young entrepreneurs entered with Fish Hoek farmer Yandisa Langa snatching the first place while Daren Campher from Parow took second place with his online store business.

She said that this idea came after an initial idea which was just about making money that she needed at the time.

“I honestly did not think I was gonna get this far, (as) I just wanted to get exposure for my business and I’m very happy to be selected as a winner,” she said.

She currently runs bin cleaning enterprises which is what sparked her idea.

She said that she is going to use her winnings by paying for the manufacturing of the bags. “I still need to buy a container so that we can start the project, but I’m very happy,” Somlayi concluded.

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said that the competition, now in its second year, is a platform for young people to come up with their own solutions.

“More often, we always give the youth solutions and not asking them if they have ideas to solve the problems we faced as a society. After looking at the businesses that were in this competition I was impressed with the quality of the ideas and businesses,” she said.

“We have been vindicated with this competition that indeed the youth do have solutions. There is a need to support them and that is what we are doing,” she concluded.

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