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Business-savvy sisters self-funded their award-winning company

Two sisters founded a plastic brick company

Meet the sisters who own South Africa’s first eco-friendly brick company which manufactures bricks using sand and recycled plastic.

Kedibone Refilwe Tsiloane, 29, and Kekeletso Pulane Tsiloane, 26, from Sasolburg in the Free State own Ramtsilo Manufacturing & Construction, manufacturing bricks – nicknamed #plastibrick – from plastic waste.

According to W24, Kedibone decided to quit her auditing job and fully take control of the business with her sister, who is studying civil engineering.

“We only started with about R5 000, which we used for the prototype. the rest of the money came from my pocket since, between me and my sister, I was the one who was working.”

Kedibone Refilwe Tsiloane

According to their website, their mission is to solve the plastic waste problem while providing a sustainable housing solution. The company was recognised at the 2019 Standard bank Top Women pitching conference in the Free State, Engen Pitch & Polish, powered by Raizcorp, and the SAB Social Foundations Social Innovation Awards.

The bricks they produce effectively insulate noise, and their advantage over conventional bricks is that they are thinner and lighter.

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