Young innovative brickmakers

2018-06-20 06:02
Four of the six previously unemployed youth of Njengabantu who have started their own brick-making business, using locally available resources to create their own oppurtunity. photo: Thabile Chonco

Four of the six previously unemployed youth of Njengabantu who have started their own brick-making business, using locally available resources to create their own oppurtunity. photo: Thabile Chonco

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YOUNG, talented and innovative brick-makers from a very small, remote rural area of uMvoti, called Njengabantu, started a brick making business that has grown rapidly in the matter of just a few months.

The six unemployed youth of Njengabantu had no start-up funds but, instead of sitting around and waiting for a sponsor, they put their heads together and came up with a plan to use locally available resources, such as river sand and water from a free flowing river nearby, to create their own business.

The only outsourced material required was cement, towards which each member of this innovative group contributed some money to buy their first stock.

Bricks manufactured by these hard-working young men are sold within the community of Njengabantu and the surrounding areas.

This embryonic business is growing steadily as their reputation for producing good quality bricks is becoming increasingly known throughout the area.

The profits made from the sale of bricks to local people has been re-invested into the business in the form of the purchase of a block making machine.

Although this inspiring group of enterprising young men are faced with a number of challenges, they continue to approach and pragmatically solve these as they arise.

For example, the terrain and remoteness of the community they supply makes delivery of bricks ordered very difficult. Likewise, the heavy bags of cement needed to manufacture their bricks has to be brought many kilometres over rough, torturous roads from Dalton, the nearest town. Their solution to these challenges was to hire a truck or van from a local person to ensure that their orders and raw materials were delivered on time.

This project is yet another of the many being mentored by LETCEE, who were approached by Socionext in Cape Town to identify potential recipients of the Socionext Business Training focusing primarily on business development.

Having visited the site of this new enterprise to meet with the six enthusiastic entrepreneurs one leaves inspired and encouraged by their determination to learn and succeed.

Lindokuhle Majola/Mkhize can be contacted on 079 823 3490 for more information.

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