HIS idea of turning trash into hydrophonic farms was a business idea that earned Bhongolwethu Sonti, 21, second place at the national Pitch and Polish Entrepreneurial competition.
The NU6 resident, who owns a waste management company in Motherwell, came second in the finals of the competition held in Johannesburg on September 27. Not only did he walk away with valuable experience, he won R37000 in cash and other prizes.
His business idea was to transform the inner township and city into community-based hydrophonic farms. One of his main objectives was to create financial growth within these communities, transfer skills and create jobs.
He said the farms are basically a high-technology method of growing vegetables in green houses without soil, using a nutrient solution.
“This business idea came to me last year after a slump in my studies. I had this idea that I could use what people see as dirt and make money out of it. Not many people are in this business, especially here in Motherwell.
“I did not believe I would make it this far, but I must say I am very proud of myself.
“I worked very hard during the competition. It certainly was not an easy journey at all, and I have learnt a lot from it,” said Sonti.