Creating wealth out of waste materials

Written by on April 6, 2021

Duo on the Journey to work with various companies to save the environment.

Phumudzo Muthanyi and her business partner Mbali Zukani from Orange Farm which is situated in the southern part of Johannesburg are directors at a company called MicGalaw. They started the business through trying to salvage and sell the old parts of computers or televisions which Mbali’s late father behind at their home when he died.

Phumudzo said that it was at that moment when they learned what could be recycled and sold, what was valuable, and what could not be recycled. During that time they were inspired by the idea of creating something new out of old, but they were not sure what and how they would go about it. They approached small business and development agency, and they did a training course through SEDA on developing a business plan and how to pitch your business to investors.

 

They also learned online about different types of plastics and what you could do with them, and they thought it would be an interesting idea to make accessories or products out of recycled plastic bags., at first they brought a bunch of shopping bags from Shoprite and Pick & Pay they tried melting and pressing them to see what they could do and if they could create a kind of fabric from them. Their first few ideas were complete failures, but they never gave up instead they gave it a second try by picking up free plastic that litters Orange farm.

The duo is also building a good relationship with Pickitup and the Department of agriculture and rural development, there currently in communication with Distell group for a project proposal they have for the company’s shrinks. And Savanna cider they said that the pair’s proposal took them by surprise, but they liked the work the duo’s doing.


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