Dreaming of making a killing through film

2016-07-07 06:00
 Khayelitsha Bin Cleaning Project’s Abongile Mgqwetho, Buhle Sithela and Yandisa Nyoka raising funds for kasi cinema through hardwork.

Khayelitsha Bin Cleaning Project’s Abongile Mgqwetho, Buhle Sithela and Yandisa Nyoka raising funds for kasi cinema through hardwork.

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A young Khayelitsha man dream of opening a cinema has seen his project producer a spotless spin off for his community.

Buhle Sithela , 21, is a Harare based hopeful who hopes to open a kasi cinema in his community.

To raise money for his dream he started the Khayelitsha Bin Cleaning Project has helped three others earn some income.

“Last year I started working as an assistant for a cinema company and I thought that this would be great to have such a set up in my neighbourhood.

As time went by I really became determined to see this happen as it had been never done in my area,” said Sithela.

He said he began to get curious and found out how he can achieve his mission but his lack of finance stifled his dream.

Half way through the year he dropped out of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he was doing event management.

“I just couldn’t afford school anymore and on top of that I had a dream I had no financial means to make it happen. I did a lot of thinking and after a while I had an idea,” he revealed.

Sithela decided to start a community bin cleaning projects to fund raise for his dream.

“I called my three friends who were neither unemployed nor studying and I told them about the idea and they said they were in.

The next step was mobilising the community to support our initiative.

But before that we had to put together R100 each to buy detergents and tools,” he recalled.

The community lobed his idea and they were willing to pay for the service, he says, but there was one problem.

“Many homes in my area do not have high income and they are barely surviving therefore we couldn’t charge them enough money to be profitable.

We had to come with a strategy to make enough money to save and also have some money for the guys to support themselves,” he told City Vision.

Sithela then started charging households R50 per month and has more than 40 homes he services.

“We usually wait till the waste removal workers empty the bins then we start cleaning them.

This happens once a week. However this is barely enough but we have managed to save a little money but it barely makes a different,” he said.

He said that he has received some calls from prospective sponsors and is excited for the future.

“All we need is equipment such as a laptop, projector and screen and then we can make the cinema mobile and we can take it to different communities within Khayelitsha. We want to entertain the community by not only flighting movies from outside but also the one made by local filmmakers,” said Sithela.


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