Mr Tshepo Mahlangu (33) is a self-made business man from Soshanguve block L who started a project in his neighbourhood to wash rubbish bins that has helped him and his partner, Mr Siyabonga Majola to start Itereleng Project. Today he makes couches, bed bases and tables.
Mr Mahlangu said two years ago when they could not get funding from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), they started raising money by washing rubbish bins and doing gardening for people in the community, a service that they still provide even today.
“The passion of art started when I was staying in Mpumalanga. I used to make 4D houses from boxes not thinking much of it and when I moved to Soshanguve the passion of crafting became even more.
“When I met this guy called DIkgang, he introduced me to wood work and I loved every minute of it and since then I never looked back,” Mr Mahlangu.
The Itereleng project is open to youth of Soshanguve who want to learn more about craft work at no cost and is bound to grow as there are talks of them opening a restaurant with other entrepreneurs around Soshanguve.