Up-cycling in Cape Town
One of the many reasons I love South Africa is because of something called Ubuntu. It's hard to define, so I like to think of it as a simple word for conveying how when we support one another as a part of a community, we can all accomplish great things.
Ubuntu Bicycles is launching this week, combining the founder's passion for bicycling and interest in giving back to the community of Cape Town. This social enterprise is transforming used and abused bicycles into something great by employing local artists and grassroots organizations to do custom paint jobs, leather seats, accessories, etc. and sells them online and locally in Cape Town. Part of the proceeds from their bicycle sales go back into the Ubuntu Trust, which is partnering with other local community organizations to offer funding and support for their causes.