Bottle caps and the living is easy

2017-03-23 06:02
Grannies who make bags out of tin caps for soft drinks, on Monday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Grannies who make bags out of tin caps for soft drinks, on Monday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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Khayelitsha Gogos seem to be smiling all the way to bank-as the saying goes-, if the soft drink bottle caps they sew into handbags are anything to go by.

The gogos, who say they use their grandchildren as runners to pick the caps from the streets, are all members of the Masincedisane Seniors Club.

Based in H Section, the 45 members knit handbags with the throw away caps.

The bags, called Amakhocokhoco are sold mainly in the overseas market and the gogos insist they are in high demand by tourists who visit their centre or at the craft shop in Table Mountain.

Club member Ntombizanele Jozana,64, said they got the idea from a woman from the North West who first visited their centre over three years ago.

“We are now making a living out of the bags. The money that we get from selling them subsidise our pension grant. We send our grandchildren to go and collect the caps on the streets and then we buy cotton wool. Tourist from overseas are our biggest customers, they love our bags. We also knit different clothing and sell them,” Jozana said.

She said their gatherings help them in many ways, such as releasing stress and also keeping them safe during the day instead of staying alone in their houses.

Jozana said they exercise, pray for their community and also organise outings.

“Our biggest wish is to get funds to go on an overseas tour where we would switch our cellphones off and be stress free. If we can leave our grandchildren behind just for once,” she said in jest.

Founder Nokwazi Kalako,78, said she was happy for the achievements of the club.

“I am proud to see the club reaching this level. It was not easy when I started it 11 years ago. We did not have a place to gather and we were going hungry,” Kalako said.

Kholeka Lusithi, said the money goes a long way in helping them to make a living.

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