In 1991, Mr Sonwabo ‘Golden’ Nongauza had a dream and vision of creating unique flowers out of tin cans from a dump site, thus was born the “Golden Flower”. A craft centre in the township of Khayelitsha was established, turning waste tin cans into beautiful flowers. Mr Golden gathered cans and set to work with scissors and pliers; cutting, bending, rolling, glueing and thus creating beautiful flowers.

Together with his wife and children, Mr Golden created a hub-space in his home and constructed a colourful lean-to studio, where visitors can experience and learn how he transforms tin cans into a variety of flowers, such as daisies, roses, poppies, lilies, sunflowers and proteas.

Through his work Mr Golden Nongauza provides for his family and is a shining example of an entrepreneur, using his creativity, knowledge and skills to run a highly successful craft business in a community which has extremely high unemployment.

“Mr Golden Flower” has won several high profile awards and his work is known internationally. He has pioneered in bringing tourism into the townships and his story has been featured in newspapers, magazines and several documentaries. His flowers have been exported to England, Europe, America and Australia

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