Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, owns a company with her sister in Johannesburg that transforms waste, specifically discarded tyre material, into valuable products. Kreamfields (Pty) Ltd creates, among other things, mine bags and supplies for above-surface and underground mine workers, unique corporate gifting bags and current, trendy bags that are sold in retail stores.
The company grew out of a separate business that Ngwane and a partner started when she was 21 years old and still studying towards a BComm degree in Marketing, which primarily focused on the empowerment and education of underprivileged youth, by creating school bags made out of upcycled plastic bags with an attached solar lantern.
All Kreamfields bags are made by local community artisans and the collection of its raw materials are conducted by local waste pickers, among others, for a small incentive. Their goal as a recycling entity is to reduce and eradicate the disposal of tyre waste to landfills, and to be a force to reckoned with in the industry, as young black females.
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Nominated in category: Visionary