Aubrey is a small trader that utilises e-waste to make jewellery and home items such as clocks and abstract art.  He has limited resrouces and trys to make a living daily by trading his jewellery.  Any interest in being able to assist him with resources and markets will be very valuable.  His is extremely creative and hard working, for more information please call Aubrey on his cell: 060 342 1031 or email 

USE-IT (a Durban based NGO) have been working with an entrepreneur, Jonathan Welch from AfriEco through mentoring and support and would like to promote a project that AfriEco have been working on.


Jonathan has developed a plastic moulding technology (recycled plastic of course) where he has produced educational blocks, these blocks have been designed and developed in collaboration with an education psychologist and pre-school principal according to SA education norms and specifications, specifically for early childhood development centers.


The idea is for corporate companies to purchase these blocks, which can be printed with the relevant business logo or even the school / institute logo and then to donate them to schools of their choice.  As we are still at the start of this we would like to approach the KZN Forum Members to promote this through your leads (from existing donors / investors) that would be interested in purchasing blocks.


There are a couple different educational blocks available and can be printed according to any theme / subject / syllabus being taught, according to the needs of the selected school.


A set of blocks packaged are 20 to a set and sell for between R150.00 to R200.00 depending on the quantity ordered.  Custom branding of the box is available when 100 sets or more are ordered.

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Recycling and rehabilitating depressed spaces into thriving and stimulating environments

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They also offer a mentorship programme to crèche teachers and primary caregivers, helping them to understand how to use the toys to provide a stimulating, educational environment for their children, so that these children enter school intellectually, physically and developmentally prepared.


Click here to watch a brief overview of their programme in action:


Singakwenza is a registered Non Profit Company, so we are able to issue Section 18A tax certificates, and a Public Benefit Organisation with >75% Black Beneficiaries, for companies needing SED and ED points for their B-BBEE scorecards.  We are also an Empowering Supplier with a Level 1 B-BBEE rating.

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Singwakwenza would love to hear from you, for any information, please feel free to contact Linda.

An NGO using recycled products featured below :

Singakwenza Early Childhood Development:

Singakwenza, meaning “We can do it!”, is a non profit organisation which aims to build sustainable early childhood education programmes in economically disadvantaged communities, using recycling to make resources.
We focus on the critical development years in a child’s life (between 1 and 5 years). Research around the world has shown that the best way to break the poverty cycle is through education, but our South African education system is in a crisis:

  • Less than 50% of the children who start Grade 1 make it to Matric.

  • Of those who do stay in school until Matric, a quarter of them are not able to attain the 30% pass mark.

  • The Annual National Assessment (ANA) results every year show that the average Maths result of a child in Grade 5 is between 30 and 40%, and by Grade 9 is between 10 and 20%.

  • The World Economic Forum has consistently placed South Africa last in the world in Maths and Science education.

How do we change this?

We need to focus on helping children to build their educational foundations and, as almost 80% of a child’s brain potential is established by the age of 4, we need to do what we can to provide children under 5 with as many opportunities to learn through play as possible. However, so many young children in our country (our future engineers, doctors, teachers…….) spend most of their days in a barren room and an empty, dusty play area, as the high cost of educational toys makes them unavailable to homes, crèches and schools with limited financial resources.  Children who should be actively learning through play are restricted to reciting the alphabet, the days of the week, the months of the year – meaningless repetition in hope that they will “pass” Grade 1.

The team at Singakwenza has therefore developed a large number of toys and teaching materials made purely from recycling. The parent or educator only needs a pair of sharp scissors and a marker pen and she will be able to get all the rest of the materials needed to provide an educational, fun-filled environment for the children in her care - from the bin! Bread bags become skipping ropes, polystyrene vegetable trays become puzzles, yoghurt containers become shape sorters and margarine containers become cars. And if the toy breaks, it is easy (and free!) to make another one.

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We are based in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Contact +27 31 765 2349