About Gift Lubele 

25-year-old young African Climate Entrepreneur 

Since 2015, Gift Lubele has founded several companies who all have a sustainability theme. In 2019, Gift worked as a research engineer at one of the leading telecommunications companies in South Africa (Dimension Data). More recently, Mr. Lubele co-founded a digital recycling platform Kudoti, which Fast Company named one of 2020’s most innovative companies in South Africa. 
Gift has designed and facilitated international programs—including Leadership for Social Change in Mauritius, in association with YUVA, which trained youth in Mauritius and was twice awarded by the country’s president. He has been named in the Top 20 under 30 Entrepreneurs by Fast Company and 100 most influential Young South Africans, among other honors. He studied in Mauritius at the African Leadership University, completed a design thinking program from the University of Cape Town School of Business in South Africa, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Business Administration at Regenesys Business School in South Africa.

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Previous Work 

Gift Lubele has spoken to more than 5000 people in 4 continents and 8 countries.

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    2022 MINI Big Love for the Planet Fuse Session

    November , 2022
    Guest Speaker: Gift Lubele 

    We need big 💚love for the planet 🌍 , we need change markers to step up and we need platforms to enable progressive conversations that are beneficial to the only environment we have.
    MINI South Africa has launched the Electric Collective, a platform for change markers to engage, inspire and solve the unsolvable.

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    United Nations Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Symposium 2021

    June , 2021
    Facilitator: Gift Lubele 

    Follow the ECOSYSTEMS - BASED ADAPTATION (EBA) SYMPOSIUM SOUTH AFRICA 2021 to unpack the role (including challenges and opportunities), of EbA in South Africa’s climate change adaptation efforts and, a look back at EbA roots in South Africa, through a current baseline of activity, towards a future where EbA practices effectively support the country to meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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    2021 ALU Innovate 

    August, 2021
    Keynote Speaker: Gift Lubele 

    This year's event has been tagged “Reinvent & Deliver”- The Entrepreneur's Strategy to Leading in the New Normal. The event was virtual due to COVID-19. 
    Gift Lubele spoke to the students on the topic of "Resilience- A survival tool for young entrepreneurs as you share briefly on your entrepreneurship journey"

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    2021 Sustainability Summit 

    August, 2021
    Guest Speaker: Gift Lubele 

    The 11th annual Sustainability Summit will be brought to you as a live virtual event, thus offering both exponential global reach and accessibility by easily bringing the content directly to the audience.

    Since December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has quickly spread all over the world. In March 2020, it was declared a global pandemic by the WHO, has affected virtually all countries and territories. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are under threat everywhere, as nations face unprecedented health and economic challenges.

Awards 

Honorary and business awards 

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2021 Sunday World Unsang Hero 

Gift Lubele, 24, is a bold thinker who’s always seeking solutions to some of life’s pressing problems...

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2020 BRICS 1st Prize Young Innovator competition Winner

The winner was announced during the fifth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Young Scientist Forum, which took place...

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SA waste tech Kudoti recognised at Nestlé global awards

The startup – founded in 2019 by Gift Lubele and Matthieu de Gaudemar – received a $40 000 cash prize...

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 And The Winner For Firstwatch Entrepreneurs Challenge Is… 

The Firstwatch Entrepreneurs Challenge final round took place this weekend at Disoufeng Pub in Soweto...

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Gift Lubele's Circular Economy Journey 

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2015: Making clothes out of waste materials 

When I was in High school, my friends and I decided to start making clothes from waste materials found in our communities. The idea won the 2015 TeenPreneur Competition.

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2016: Plastic bag holding device

This is a plastic bag holding device that lessened the pain you get when holding heavy plastic bags. 

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2016: Home furniture from Waste (Tyres) 

I had partnered with amazing entrepreneurs, together we made chairs, tables, and other useful things out of disposed tyres.

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2017: Bags made from recycled billboards (PVC)

Recycling advertising billboards is costly for many brands, in 2017 we made a wide variety of corporate goodies which included bags, Panchos, etc. Through running this business, I managed to pay the first year of tuition fees.

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2018: Bicycles for the informal waste reclaimers 

For the informal waste re-claimers found in different parts of Africa, Asia and even America, logistics is a huge problem. These individuals carry and pull heavy loads of waste hence I tested the concept of creating a recycling bicycle. 

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2019: Kudoti (Building global participation in the circular Economy) 

Kudoti works across the value chain to build a truly circular economy
We work with companies to improve current supply chains for waste materials, from source to endpoint, as well as build new supply chains to ensure the continuous flow of materials, from waste to resource.