Young Man Holds On to Innovative Spirit

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mr Tebogo Tom Tom (33) has not allowed unemployment to kill his zeal for innovation.

After completing his tertiary education, Mr Tom Tom vowed that unemployment will not deter him to do something, which will put food on the table.

He holds a diploma in IT-networks from the Tshwane University of Technology that he attained in 2006. In 2007, he was funded by the Youth Development Fund (YDF) to start an Internet Cafeacute at his home in Tating Siding.

Through the Internet cafeacute, he taught both teachers and students IT awareness and computer literacy. Unfortunately the project did not last as his equipment was affected by lightening. He is still to approach the YDF for assistance.

As a naturally creative and innovative young artiste, Mr Tom Tom did not fold his hands, he endeavored into recycling in order to put food on the table. He designs traditional toy cars and motor cycles from waste materials.

He stated that his project came about after realising that many children in his village were playing on the streets without toys and decided to create durable toys from raw cut waste materials.

Moreover, he stated that his products were made from wire mash, plastic bags, old bicycle tyres and electric wires that he collected from dumping sites, guest houses and newly erected buildings.

Mr Tom Tom said since his products were traditional and did not have automatic or electrical mechanisms like lights and motors, with the rampant growth in technology he intended to create fully fledged toys in the future that could compete with any product in the market.

In addition, Mr Tom Tom who is currently the sole producer and seller of traditional toys in his area, stated that the idea of creating toy cars came to him at a younger age after he saw his brother doing them. “This invention is in the blood, I learnt it from my brother,” Mr Tom Tom said.

He also stated that he was glad to be contributing immensely to cleaning the environment, stressing that if it was not for the capital restraints his project would have turned into a refinery factory that can employ other youth.

Mr Tom Tom sells his toys at a price of P35 since the materials he used were free and the demand high in both the village and Francistown.

“There are a lot of scraps in Botswana, they are sent to South Africa for recycling, and that shows that Batswana are not interested in recycling yet, although it can create employment for them,” said Mr Tom Tom. “As long as you are doing something which you love and making a living out of it you should not be demoralised that you are doing something unpopular,” he said.

He was optimistic that his business will sustain him as long as he remained creative and innovative more so that he was planning to revolutionalise it.

Mr Tom Tom also stated that people should not look at the government or expect someone to offer them an opportunity in a silver platter rather, they should accept their responsibility of being self-reliant.

Mr Tom Tom seemed to believe in what Martin Sajdik, president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council once said that the “youth are not only the future of tomorrow – youth are leaders, entrepreneurs, students, workers, caregivers and problem solvers of today.”

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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