Nqobile Sibanda


Nqobile Sibanda is the maker of the upcycled cosmetic bags, who lives in an informal settlement called Diepsloot in Jhb.

She has been making a range of bags since 2017. The bags are made from pvc banners which are donated to a sustainability social enterprise (5INC).

 Nqobile was part of a sewing cooperative until late in 2020 until a burglary at their premises meant that the group could no longer work together, so she produces the bags by herself, as well as sewing clothes for other customers.

Nqobile is also a single mother to two teenage children.