- Makutu grew up in a rural village in Limpopo and had a love for robotics, building his inventions from anything he could find
- After matric he took the leap to move to Johannesburg to pursue his dream
- Selling his inventions on the streets of Soweto, he put himself through collage
Makutu grew up in a rural village south of Polokwane in Limpopo ‚called Kopermyn. He was always fascinated with technology and turned that fascination into an opportunity.
Makutu started fiddling with electronics when he was in Grade 5. His first invention he built was a toy car from wire and tin cans. In no time Makutu was scavenging for electronic parts wherever he could find them. His father wasn’t too pleased with him at one point as his sound system was one of the first things to be sourced for parts.
20 year old Makutu is now paying for his tertiary education by turning trash into incredible and functional, work of arts. Growing up in a rural town, his parents found his fascination with technology a waste. Despite his parent’s outlook on his passion, he stuck to his guns and made big something of it.
He is a self-driven individual with great entrepreneurial instinct. Makutu used his self-taught knowledge to enable him to build remote-controlled cars, robots, and even a crane made from 100% recycled materials.
Makutu continued to learn and knew that he would have to leave his rural home in Kopermyn, and move to an urban city to in order to pursue his interest in robotics further. He matriculated in 2015 and shortly after, made his move to Johannesburg to pursue his dream further. As he had living expenses to cover, he used his skills and made robots and cars and sold them in Soweto.
“My friends and family were amazed to see that trash could make a colorful robot,” he said. By selling his creations, it funded him to study Automotive Repairs and Maintenance at South West Gauteng TVET College.
Makutu’s goal is to provide a solution to the problems in his. He is powered by the need to help the people of his hometown. Makutu designed and built a windmill with wire and a permanent magnet motor to pump water to aid the subsistence farmers in his community.
He is now working on perfecting the crane he built, which weighs only 12 kilograms. It is two meters tall and can make turn 360 degrees. Like all his other inventions, it is made entirely from trash.
“I’m very proud of the work that I do,” Makutu says. In poverty stricken and tough economic times, people like Makutu, make something out of nothing, not letting their circumstances define them.
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