This ambitious entrepreneur raised in Mogwase, Rustenburg recycles tyre tubes into bags for a living.
Reabetswe Ngwane is moved strongly towards making an impact in her society and she showed this in moving from her township to the city in Rustenburg to achieve great things. In this city, she started her first business with a friend. They made plastic bags into school bags using solar lantern. One would wonder if this was a business or a charity cause as she provided these bags to children living in underprivileged areas.
Unfortunately, Reabetswe and her friend had to part ways and when they did, the business ended. Then, she started the tyre business with her sister. Luckily, for these two young and ambitious women, Recycling and Econonmic Development Initiative In South Africa (REDISA) approached them and offered to take care of their Rustenburg tyre depot.
Ngwane had very big dreams. So she moved a step further by doing a little research. She went to people who pushed trolleys on the roads in a bid to recycle crap. After asking lots of questions, they were able to narrow down their discussion to how the use of tyre tubes can be highly productive in recycling.
Thus, converting tyre tubes into nice bags became Ngwane’s business.
They would get the tyre tubes, and then take them to their work site where they would wash them, clean them up and begin the whole recycling process.
There was also a production factory where they cut the produce into respective size depending on the orders they get per time.
Asides trending bags, she also makes other productions for construction industries. She makes first-aid kits, respiratory bags/masks, and seat protectors for mines and construction companies.
The first-aid kits are typically for the mines. They are used by their underground workers, as well as their over the ground workers. The respiratory bags are or masks are for the protection of the workers.
However, for seat protectors, she gets lots of orders from mines. This is a form of shield which covers certain parts of a worker’s body due to the nature of their work.
Prior to Ngwane, no one else had broken into this kind of business.
She makes a whole lot from her business as she sells each of her tote bag from $43-$120.
Her sister and business partner, Katlego, was one of the Forbes listed Africa’s 30 under 30 and continues to do well with her company Kreamfields.
Ngwane is somewhat a re-inventor; turning tyre tubes into beautiful tote bags while saving the environment by recycling “waste”