Former Mzansi waste picker becomes bustling recycling business owner

Former Mzansi waste picker becomes bustling recycling business owner

- The story of a young South African man who went from picking up trash in the streets to starting a successful business has been going around the internet

- According to reports, the man was jobless and desperate when deciding to take a job as a waste picker

- His decision helped his life take a turn for the better when an opportunity to make a business out of the collected waste arose

Six years of joblessness is enough to drive one into a kind of depression that will either drown you or force you to make a decision to bring yourself back up. Tshepo Mazibuko, a 40-year-old man, found himself in this predicament. Instead of allowing his desperate situation to worsen, he decided to do what most people would never even consider - become a waste picker.

Little did he know that the decision would change his life forever. Only 29 years old and desperate for any kind of work, Tshepo got the idea to become a waste picker from a Brazilian man whom he had met while doing volunteer work.

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“One day I approached [a waste picker] and he told me how they pick up waste to go and sell it. That just made me crazy because the township is dirty.”

After the man explained how people got paid for selling the waste they picked up in the streets, Tshepo set about gathering all the information he needed around collecting trash, recycling and selling it. Soon he was doing it himself.

After being able to buy his first trolley for R200, Tshepo continued collecting trash, sometimes having to look inside neighbours' wastebins, who he says thought he was going mad, he explained in a Business Tech article.

Tshepo Mazibuko turned hard work into a business
Tshepo Mazibuko followed his dream until it became a reality. Source: Tshepo Mazibuko/LinkedIn
Source: UGC

While it seemed like a big gamble at the time, Tshepo and his supportive wife decided to invest in a bakkie that would help Tshepo collect and transport even bigger amounts of trash faster. Soon the idea to buy waste from other waste pickers came about and his business K-1 Recycling was born.

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After proving himself and his business, he soon got help from two enterprise development programmes which assisted him with buying machinery and everything else he needed to strengthen his business. He is hoping his business will create employment for even more people than it currently does, says Tshepo in a SANews article.

“We believe we’re going to increase the job count and keep our environment clean.”

In other touching news, a young lady, Olajumoke Laditan, has celebrated her farming profession, revealing that she is a farmer’s daughter. In a LinkedIn post, she recalled that as a child, her family had poultry and their animal husbandry covered livestock like sheep, goats, fish and pigeons.

Olajumoke said she really loved tending to the animals except for fish, because she could not climb into their pond. When she was 11 years old and took ill, her mom jokingly told her that her sickness was because she played with chickens so much.

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Nurturing that childhood love for farming, Olajumoke was able to start her company called Gro2Star. A subsidiary of the outfit packages and markets snails for consumption. Proud social media users praised her in numbers.


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