The Hands of Honour’s up-cycling project seeks to address three problems in Cape Town:

1.Prolonged unemployment;
2.Physically run down spaces;
3.Effective management of obsolete stock / recyclable waste

Hands of Honour employs the those who have experienced homelessness, crime and / or substance abuse - to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Much of this waste is provided through partnerships with the corporate sector and would otherwise end up in landfills. Workers process the waste, either rehabilitating material or stripping goods for sale of parts.

Proceeds from this have two benefits:

(1)Provide salaries for workers who otherwise have no work options available to them;
(2)Profits are invested in derelict community spaces, focusing on public spaces which have become havens for anti-social behaviour.

The organisation trains the same marginalised populations to transform these spaces into safe and attractive places conducive to economic development and community hea...
The Hands of Honour’s up-cycling project seeks to address three problems in Cape Town:

1.Prolonged unemployment;
2.Physically run down spaces;
3.Effective management of obsolete stock / recyclable waste

Hands of Honour employs the those who have experienced homelessness, crime and / or substance abuse - to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Much of this waste is provided through partnerships with the corporate sector and would otherwise end up in landfills. Workers process the waste, either rehabilitating material or stripping goods for sale of parts.

Proceeds from this have two benefits:

(1)Provide salaries for workers who otherwise have no work options available to them;
(2)Profits are invested in derelict community spaces, focusing on public spaces which have become havens for anti-social behaviour.

The organisation trains the same marginalised populations to transform these spaces into safe and attractive places conducive to economic development and community healing. In the process, the workers not only receive a salary, but are integrated back into their communities.

*Hands of Honour brings together three best-practices:

1.While ‘up-cycling’ or reusing waste materials has been done informally by waste pickers scouring the dumps, the organisation works directly with the waste generators to formalise this process, representing something new in South Africa. Corporations are the main ‘donors’ of waste to the organisation, donating rather than disposing of their waste;
2.Hands of Honour’s Job Training Program provides skills and confidence to otherwise unemployed, marginalized men’. This both increases employment and rehabilitates the workers
3.This process funds urban renewal initiatives, focusing on crime hotspots

Taken together, these elements result in a programme that can sustain itself and contribute to a greener city, job creation and reclaiming derelict urban spaces

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