Buhle Sithela doesn’t think about what he has to do on Fridays; he just gets down and dirty cleaning the dustbins of his neighbourhood clients. His part-time business, Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project, which he runs with several others, is a means to a much more captivating and creative end.
Come Friday night, 21-year-old Buhle uses his bin-cleaning income to host African filmmakers’ talents for the broader Khayelitsha community via very inventive means. He uses a lightweight, ‘green’, mobile cinema called the Sunbox.
Buhle’s solar-powered cinema-in-abox contains a mini-projector, speakers, solar panels and battery. Bringing the stars to people on his roll-up screen takes the movie enthusiast just 10 minutes to set up. So far, many adults and children alike in Khayelitsha have benefited from his screenings.