Rubbish puts bread on twins’ table

2015-08-05 06:00
HARD AT WORK: Mojalefa (left) and Lefa Mononga make a living out of selling what other people throw away.    
Photo: 
Sidwell Guduka

HARD AT WORK: Mojalefa (left) and Lefa Mononga make a living out of selling what other people throw away. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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TO most people it is rubbish.

But one man’s rubbish is another man’s business opportunity.

And twins Mojalefa and Lefa Mononga (28) from Botshabelo are among about 100 people who make a very good living out of other people’s trash.

Since 2005 they have been operating from a dump in Bloemfontein north where they collect plastic and glass bottles which they sell to recycling companies.

“We matriculated in 2004 and immediately began this job after finishing our high school studies. We had to do something to put bread on the table as we didn’t have money to go to university to further our studies,” Mojalefa told Express.

“Our mother died in 2001 and our dad passed away while we were doing matric in 2004. Beside the setback we managed to pass our matric that same year,” he said.

His brother Lefa added: “Life was tough for us.

“We were forced to do some piece jobs during school holidays so that we could have money to buy the things we wanted.

“We did that even when our parents were still alive because they were both unemployed.”

The twin brothers commute with a bus between Botshabelo and Bloemfontein Monday to Friday.

When they arrive in the Free State capital they head straight to the dump – opposite the Northridge Mall – where they spend most of the day sifting through garbage for items that they can sell for a living.

“I have a wife and child whom I have to provide for.

“Instead of turning to crime for survival, we chose to make a living from things that others throw away.

“We rely on what others call rubbish to put bread on the table. To us, this is a really good job,” said Mojalefa.

Lefa echoed his brother’s words and he added that none of his family members had ever gone to bed with an empty stomach.

“Just like Mojalefa, I get enough money from recycling to support my family. We are not ashamed to do this job because it is just like any other job.

“We even make more money than some people who are permanently employed,” said Lefa.

The twins said they wished to have their own recycling company one day.

“What happens is that we collect items that we sell for cash to recycling companies in town.

“Those people compact the same items and then transport them to Johannesburg where they sell that stuff for good money.

“We want to see ourselves being just like them, having our own trucks and transporting the stuff ourselves,” explained Mojalefa

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