Nonhlanhla Cynthia Mhlongo is the founder and director of Khwezi Innovations, a company that cultivates innovative ideas concerning sustainable and green living among the youth. She and other innovators collaborate to identify issues relating to climate change and sustainability in order to come up with creative solutions that can be easily implemented to combat these problems.
After assessing new ideas for feasibility and sustainability, Khwezi Innovations develops the product or service and then commercialises it. With this model, the company empowers young innovators and contributes towards a greener world — a win for everyone.
A perfect example of Khwezi Innovations’ exciting and creative work is their latest project, a biodegradable, two-in-one glove-like hand sanitiser that dries out when applied to your hands. After use, the glove can be peeled off and dissolved in water, leaving no waste behind.
Growing up, Mhlongo always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur, but it was during her first job, with the encouragement of her then boss, that her interest in climate change really grew. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she came up with her green business idea. Since then, the business has gone from success to success, winning numerous awards. Mhlongo has also received a number of accolades, such as being a finalist for the Africa’s Rising Star Awards, and the recipient of a YOUNGA 2022 delegate scholarship.
What does she wish all South Africans would understand about climate change? That there is no “planet B”, and it is essential that we all work to conserve the one planet that we have. With Khwezi Innovations, she is doing just that.
There is no ‘planet B’, so it is essential that we all work together to conserve the one planet that we have