Sandra Netherlands, started a small recycling business turning scrap metal into sought after art and décor articles. She saw a niche in the market for unusual and unique articles that enabled her to provide an income, not only for themselves, but also for unemployed people who could collect scrap metal and old enamel articles and thus cleaning up the environment and benefiting the community with a “green environment”. In this way they have also empowered woman to start small businesses collecting these “raw materials”. This being the start of Die Blikplek.
Die Blikplek was started as a project to benefit others. A whole army of unemployed people was put to action to collect scrap metal and old enamel containers thus earning an income from these endeavours with the added bonus that the environment becomes cleaner and “green”. This scrap is then processed by once unemployed people (some ex-convicts) who have become skilled welders.
Sandra then opened up Die Blikskottel. A restaurant on the same premises as Die Blikplek.. In the starting up of Die Blikskottel – training of young women also began in earnest to supply in its demand for business skills in catering, hospitality and management. On the property next door to Die Blikplek – Sandra has the beautiful Green Acorn Guest House where she uniquely displays her art from Die Blikplek in the individually decorated 21 room guesthouse.