Thato Kgatlhanye

“Share your vision”

Words: Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi
Photography: SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH

The 22-year-old Red Bull Amaphiko graduate and social entrepreneur Thato Kgatlhanye is using waste to turn a profit and do good

THE RED BULLETIN: How important is it to share your dream? 

THATO KGATLHANYE: I think all leaders who have managed to do great things were able to share their visions and have others champion their visions far more than they possibly could have. 

Your company, Rethaka, makes solar-paneled schoolbags from recycled plastic that charge during the day to allow children to study at night. Does a great idea sell itself?

What we’ve accomplished with pretty much no marketing budget—reaching the likes of Bill Gates—is huge. It has shown me you don’t need to be a scientist to make an impact.

Bags of drive: Thato Kgatlhanye is repurposing waste materials

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Are you enjoying the journey?

When you start something, you need a clear vision of what you’re trying to do and where you want to go with it. Then, embrace the journey. I need to learn as much as I can and set audacious goals that I’m going to look back on 10 years from now and say, “God damn, you did it!”

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