Founder: Rethabile Molapo
Entrepreneur

BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Ramangwana Fabrics (Pty) Ltd is a Textile waste management company, our mission is to give sustainable solution for textile disposal and at the same time to improve waste management capacity and performance. The textile recycling industry is an emerging one that is yet to be fully accepted in South Africa,

BUSINESS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING ON CED

A great deal of research and investigation was undertaken and there was little clarity on how to structure this business in what is essentially ground breaking technology in South Africa. Sourcing equipment was problematic and ultimately a manufacturer was found who is able to build a prototype shredder. Contact was made with businesses wishing to dispose of various forms of fabric.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS SINCE ENROLLING ON CED

Since late 2019 Ramagwana Fabrics diverted 3 ton of clothes and shoes from landfill through resell of used clothes and shredding material for up cycling different products rags, dog beds, Toy stuffing etc. Partnering with Clothes to Good helped us to increase our capacity we now diverting about 800kg of textile waste per month. Ramagwana fabrics and Clothes to Good partnership empower people with disabilities and semi-skilled people a meaningful work across the ecosystem of this solution from transportation to up-cycling of products from Textile waste .

POSITIVE BUSINESS OUTCOMES ATTRIBUTED TO CED PARTICIPATION

Ramagwana Fabrics is in the process of developing its own products from textile products floor tiles and roof tiles, Thanks to the Centre, business coaches and mentors have supported Ramagwana to think out of the box. Our vision is to reduce 30% of textile sent to landfill by the year 2030.

ASPIRATIONS FOR THE BUSINESS

In the next 3-5 years south Africa will be buying a proudly south African textile material tiles from Ramagwana Fabrics

NEXT LEVEL FUNDING REQUIREMENT AND WHAT IS THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH OF THE BUSINESS AT THIS NEXT LEVEL

industrial scale to do onsite destruction at cost of R200 000