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A Rugby resident is doing his bit for the environment and he is able to put food on the table through his crafts.

Geoffrey Wentzel (62) collects ice-cream sticks and makes jewellery boxes, fruit baskets, pen holders, cellphone holders and lamps among other things.

The father of two got the idea when he accompanied his sister and her daughter to Groote Schuur Hospital. As we walked into the reception, this basket caught my attention as it sat on the front counter,” he says.

Out of curiosity he enquired about the basket and he was told it was made by one of the patients.

“I was amazed, and they showed me the patient. I asked for his blessing to copy the idea. I was looking for a source of income, and he agreed,” he says.

“Everywhere I go, I pick up things,” he says as he takes out a few sticks from his pocket.

“I love the environment and I believe this is me doing my bit. There are different sizes and shapes and it allows me to try out different things. I really enjoy doing this and I hope people can also see the value,” he says.

Wentzel works as a handyman at three residential complexes. He also uses wooded pegs for some of the goods.

“This is very therapeutic for me and very relaxing. It has taught me patience and it allows me to connect with my creative being. I walk from Rugby to Mowbray and along the way I look for ice-cream sticks,” he says adding that he also uses toilet rolls to enhance some of his products.

Wentzel has gone through his own heartache. He is divorced and estranged from his two children. He also lost businesses and his house years ago.

“I didn’t give up, instead I looked at how I can do things different. What can I do? I tapped into that inner being and now I use the ideas I get from God. Anyone can do it. Find strength and turn things around.

“There is so much talent in the country. I want my story to inspire someone. If I can do it anyone can do it. I love what I do, and I love looking after the environment. I’m in a very happy space when I’m making my products,” he says.

  • Call Geoffrey Wentzel on 063 455 9000
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