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Waste recycler to make his television debut

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The inspiring journey of a local waste recycling entrepreneur, Oswald Kolwane, who defied the odds after having a double amputation, will be aired on eTV on Sunday at 1pm.

Oswald Kolwane and his wife Lenah Kolwane. Picture: Supplied

THE INSPIRING journey of a local waste recycling entrepreneur, Oswald Kolwane, who defied the odds after having a double amputation, will be aired on eTV on Sunday at 1pm.

The producer of “Wheelz of Change”, which documented his plight, Niyaaz Aysen, said Kolwane had transformed his physical limitations into a source of strength.

“He is determined to make a difference through recycling and to challenge the norms of the waste industry,” said Aysen.

“He was denied a simple request for a replacement pair of safety boots in 2017 which led to him contracting a severe infection that resulted in the amputation of his legs. However, this setback did not deter him. Instead, it sparked a new mission – to clean the streets of Kimberley through recycling.”

Oswald Kolwane tackles waste despite physical challenges. Picture: Supplied

Aysen added that Kolwane collected and processed a variety of recyclable waste materials including glass, plastic, aluminium cans and paper.

“Despite the physical challenges, he uses his wheelchair to perform most tasks, though moving heavy items remains a significant obstacle. His recycling hustle isn’t just about cleaning the environment but is also about providing for his family. Through his efforts, he has been able to support his children, ensuring they have clothes, school supplies and food. He finds joy and purpose in his work and inspires others to succeed, without any excuses.”

Local recycling entrepreneur Oswald Kolwane. Picture: Supplied

He stated that Kolwane was intent on empowering youths and steering them away from bad influences.

“He talks to community members when they drop off their cans and encourages them to work hard in order to live a better life.

“His resilience and dedication highlights how determination can turn adversity into good.”

Aysen indicated that the local production company Welela Studios, which is owned by Thabo Makweya, believed in the “power of storytelling to shape perceptions, inspire empathy and drive meaningful change.

A local entrepreneur is making a living by recycling waste. Picture: Supplied

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