Black History in the Making: Buhle Sithela
When South African native Buhle Sithela was given an assignment to complete during a course of study in event management, he came up with the idea to set up an event where people in his community could bring their waste bins to him, and, along with his friends, he would wash the waste bins for a small fee.
What started out as just an assignment for his class ended up becoming a business venture, and he now runs the Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project.
The enterprise, based in Harare, Khayelitsha, is a weekly waste bin cleaning service. Each Friday, Sithela and his friends wash up to 30 waste bins in their area charging R50 (50 South African dollars) per bin.
Unfortunately, the climb toward success is seldom ever an easy one, and Sithela’s climb has not been without its share of hardships. Unable to pay for school, he had to drop out. Aside from that, some of the young people who co-founded the Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project are struggling with difficulties of their own, which negatively affects productivity. As a result, he sometimes has to clean as many as 30 waste bins on his own.
He is pressing on, however, to ensure that he has the funds needed to pursue his passion for film-making/screening. With the money he makes from the waste-bin-cleaning project, he regularly hosts film screenings, to make up for the fact that there are little to no cinemas in his community.
He is currently doing an internship with mobile, solar-powered cinema Sunshine Cinema to learn how to expand his screenings.
By: Danielle Dixon
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