Couch rises from waste

2017-07-19 06:00
Vuyani Phaliso relaxing on the eco-couch he created from waste recycled material. Photo: Kgotso Molapo

Vuyani Phaliso relaxing on the eco-couch he created from waste recycled material. Photo: Kgotso Molapo

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Youngster Vuyani Phaliso who has a disability, has showed his ability in creating an eco-couch.

He has utilised waste material, mainly bottles and plastics, to create his own convertible couch. He also created a coffee table amongst other eco-pro­ducts.

Phaliso (24) is one of 42 learners receiving skills training at the Boitekong Protective Workshop in Batho, Bloemfontein.

He received basic training in the Ecobuild Project, one of the world’s initiatives to make good use of waste and recycling material.

Rabah Malebo, manager of the centre, says Phaliso successfully completed basic training in ecobuild offered by expert Anita Venter at the Lebone Centre in Bloemfontein. She deems the training as a cornerstone in empowering Phaliso with basic skills.

According to Malebo, the learner possesses the ability to work as carpenter with further basic training and supervision.

“Phaliso is capable of working with his hands. He is a hands-on type of person. I strongly believe with monitoring and supervision he can work as a carpenter and can make a living for himself. His work is there for everyone to see,” says Malebo.

The convertible couch can also be used as a bed at night with a sponge mattress, Malebo explains.

“We are using the couch whenever we have visitors and for all learners and staff. The beauty of it is that it is portable and userfriendly,” says Malebo.

Malebo says they are planning to exhibit the eco-products Phaliso have created as a way to showcase to the public the ability of the learners at the centre.

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