South Africans Doing Great Things

Roto Experience: Making fashionable items from rat skin

When the community of Daveyton was hit by a rat infestation, an unemployed Sibulele Kanjana saw a unique opportunity to create a living while combating this infestation.

Together with some friends, Kanjana founded Roto Exclusive, a business which makes fashionable items from rat skin.

Roto Exclusive traps rats which infest the Daveyton and Etwatwa communities, recycles their skin into raw material, and creates items such as handbags, shoes and jewellery.

Kanjana hopes to grow Roto Exclusive and make it a sustainable business in more communities.

He spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Wasanga Mehana about this unique business.

Listen to the conversation below:

I decided when I was unemployed and not knowing what to do to invent a cage that would catch rats. I managed to cat the rats, but then the challenge was what was I going to do with them. If I buried the rats, they would have polluted the soil and spread illnesses

Sibulele Kanjana, co-founder of Roto Exclusive

No one has thought of this idea

Sibulele Kanjana, co-founder of Roto Exclusive
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