Trash good enough for this duo

2016-02-04 06:00
Siyabulela Daweti and Wandisile Nqeketho founders of Ilima Green Solutions are promoting recycling in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Siyabulela Daweti and Wandisile Nqeketho founders of Ilima Green Solutions are promoting recycling in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” so goes the saying.

This is true for Khayelitsha residents Wandisile Nqeketho and Siyabulela Daweti, founders of Ilima Green Solutions, who are on a mind changing mission for residents to consider making a living out of recyclable materials which in turn promotes a green culture.

Ilima Green Solutions, which is doing bin cleaning systems, beach cleaning, mobile recycling depot, formed a partnership with property companies, partners and collaborates with event promoting companies and also makes it their business to recycle materials such as paper, cans and glasses.

The company was registered in 2012 after the duo noticed illegal dumping becoming prevalent in their area.

Daweti said their aim is to change the mindset of residents regarding keeping their areas clean.

“It is about promoting cleanliness and greening. Residents do illegal dumping in our townships and most of the things that they dump are recyclable. It is not only beneficiary for keeping areas clean, but also they benefit financially,” Daweti said.

They have already employed five youngsters on a permanent basis and also six others who are casual workers, to help clean refuse bins.

They charge R60 per month per house for washing their dustbin.

Nqeketho said they wanted to keep their innovation simple and also sustainable.

“We aim at educating residents about the importance of greening. This is something that does not need any skill and anyone can do it. There is too much waste that comes from Khayelitsha in particular. For innovation you do not have to come with something complex. The more you keep it simple, the better,” Nqeketho said.

The duo is now planning to start other projects such as replacing charcoal with cow dung and mobile bin cleaning truck for municipality.

“In rural areas people use cow dung to cook and keep their houses warm in winter and it will save residents a lot of money,” Daweti said.

Nqeketho and Daweti first saw each other at Luhlaza High School, although they were not acquainted then. Their paths crossed again at the Raymond Ackerman Academy at UCT where they were doing Entrepreneurship Development and Management.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.