This visionary is transforming our planet for good

Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, who was nominated in the visionary category in Mandela100 project, owns a company with her sister in Johannesburg that transforms waste. They specifically work with discarded tyre material, turning it 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.

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.

HP has recognised Reabetswe as a planet change maker and has donated R50 000 in equipment and cash.

HP is committed to helping our customers recycle responsibly. “Our product recycling goal is to recycle 1.2 million tonnes of hardware and supplies by 2025 since the beginning of 2016, and we’ve recycled 271,400 tonnes through 2017. More than 80% of our ink cartridges and 100% of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic and we have used over half a million pounds of ocean-bound plastic to make Original HP ink cartridges. Our remanufacturing programs give IT hardware, such as printers, personal systems and monitors, a new lease of life, reducing environmental impacts from disposal. We only recycle products that cannot be reused.”