Entrepreneur turns trash into treasure

2018-07-13 06:00
Tyres that Malwande Mgotywa turned into chairs. PHOTO: supplied

Tyres that Malwande Mgotywa turned into chairs. PHOTO: supplied

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PEOPLE thought Malwande Mgotywa was going mad when he started collecting old tyres in his one room house in Shayamoya, Kokstad. Little did they know that the 20-year-old entrepreneur had creative plans for the old rubber.

Mgotywa started converting old tyres into tables, chairs and flowerpots in 2017. He made the furniture to supply to local pre-schools, businesses, B&Bs, as well car washes.

“I conducted research about doing something incredible with old tyres, because I love the environment. That is how I discovered the art of converting them into tables and chairs,” said Mgotywa.

Mqotyana has since established Ilizwe LETHU GREEN and Cleaning Services, a recycling company in Kokstad which he said municipalities and youth agencies have promised to fund.

“I am working from inside the house, but I want to get enough space to keep my equipment as well as to do office work. Sometimes I get many orders from people but, because of a lack of space, I struggle to make more goods,” he said.

Mgotywa studies public management at the Esayidi Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, Kokstad campus, and he wishes to create more jobs for unemployed young people.

“I get the old tyres from local motor spares, processing stores, dump sites and other yards in Kokstad. I do not spend a lot of money when making my goods because I only use paint and machines to cut tyres,” he said.

He wants young people to start businesses to fight unemployment.


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