Upcycle Sewing Trainer and Centre Manager
Sibongile Shabalala 


Set Up Her Own Upcycle Training and Manufacturing Centre in Krugersdorp, Johannessburg.



Bongi learnt to sew using a hand machine as young gilr at home,
and found her passion for sewing through joining Upcycle.


 Her vision is to
serve her community by
providing income opportunities
through upcycle skills development.



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The centre focuses on sewing and
supports the Upcycle Zero Waste Store
by manufacturing orders commissioned
by its corporate clients or
waste diversion initiatives.

The store supports the community
bringing in business and

skills development opportunities. 








The centre has
been commissioned
by Upcycle's clients
and the Zero Waste Store 
to make a variety of
fabric products including
face masks,bags &
personal care items. 











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According to Bongi, her favourite thing is making bags.


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Bongi believes that by teaching people sewing skills,
she can help them earn incomes and
make a difference in their lives.






The Centre In Swaneville Currently Supports 3 Aspiring Upcyclers.


But Sibongille has Ambitious Goals for the Centre.



She Wants to Expand
So She Can Train More Waste Entrepreneurs
and Provide More Incomes
for Her Community.





To do this, more equipment such as industrial sewing machines and overlockers are needed.


For information on how you can support communities like this one contact us or visit the The Upcycle Foundation 




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Corporates have a unique opportunity to
tap into this circular economy
by commissioning products for corporate gifts
or supporting training programs
through waste response
and corporate responsibility initiatives.


Contributing to these initiatives can assist you in reaching your SED and CSR goals.







Community Resilience



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Nestled in the bustling 'antique alley' of Newlands, Johannesburg...

eco friendly gift

The Upcycle Zero Waste Shop is our flagship concept store.

Supported by a network of individuals, corporates and conscious consumers, our store is at the core of our Upcycling community. 






>>>Showcases The Work of Our Upcycle Community Crafters

 <<<Provides Distribution Channels for Our Corporate Waste Responses

>>>Introduces Unique Upcycled
and Waste Diversion Products
to the Marketplace


>>>Click here for more information on our Upcycle Zero Waste Store.




The Upcycle Zero Waste Store is also home to

The Upcycle Innovation Lab


Here, we provide tailored



to individuals, communities and corporates in the art of Upcycling.









Upcycle partner with organizations including


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to provide learnerships for youth and aspiring entrepreneurs entering the workplace.


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The training programs provide practical hands-on skills,
enabling the transformation of waste into valuable
product offerings.

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Learners are guided through structured modules aimed
at developing individual capacities.

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The course covers design thinking, production and entrepreneurial skills, enabling learners to go into
the world with confidence and renewed perspectives.



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 For more information on supporting our learnerships and skills development training visit https://upcyclefoundation.org.za/



The Upcycle Innovation lab is also where the


Capacity Development


Research & Development

for our clients takes place.


As part of our innovative waste response, Upcycle tackles waste by inventing new uses for previously discarded materials.

Because our solutions are tailormade to tackle each unique and individual waste material our clients produce, a significant amount of R&D is needed.

Our team of creative geniuses are
experienced at seeing your waste
not as a problem, but as an opportunity.

We can turn almost anything into a
valuable product that can rejoin the
value chain.

For more information on our innovative waste responses click here> Initiatives.