- A Durban man survives by building remote controlled trucks out of scrap
- He is very talented and has been building the amazing machines since 2010
- Other projects have proved less successful and now he focuses all his energy on building the miniature trucks
A Durbanite, Siphosoxolo Reuben Hadebe, makes a living by building manual or radio controlled toy trucks which are tiny versions of the trucks which travel on roads throughout South Africa.
He has earned the affectionate title of Rasta Reuben and he uses recycled materials to build his trucks.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Reuben began to build trucks in 2010 and by 2012 his work began to get noticed across the country. He had tried to find other ways of supporting himself but his toy trucks have been the most successful according to iol.co.za.
He chose to build trucks because they represent power and strength.
“I love big things. Heavy-duty engines, I love them, (their) sounds. I can build cars, but they don’t give me the same satisfaction as trucks,” he said.
The first item he built was a plane, then a helicopter followed by a truck. He begins by building the frame of the truck out of wire, he then installs the wiring, engine, dashboard, seats, radio, wheels, battery, and complete the truck with the necessary finishing touches.
He buys the side panels and other items as he needs them to complete his projects but sometimes he is not able to finish on time.
“If I am stuck, it’s because I need a radio, wheels or new battery. So I don’t just sit and wait, I start another one and use whatever I have for it,” he explained.
He has a knack for building as well as two and a half years of study as a civil engineer which has helped him tremendously.
Trucks that are not panelled are priced from R120; those with the panels and radio, from R1 800; and remote-controlled ones from R2 500.
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