• Hassan Soukar

Man Spends 12 Years Building Johannesburg in His Backyard

Mulalo Nego Negondeni, from the Mukula village in Limpopo Province in South Africa, saw the impressive stadium on TV and wanted desperately to go visit it. Unfortunately, his family could not afford the ticket. So the 26-year-old young man came up with an ingenious plan: to build a replica of the stadium in his back yard. From there on, a whole city started to slowly emerge.

At first, he used mud mixed with water but as his city started to grow, so did his creativity. He then began to use cement, soil, and waste materials such as wires, plastics, cardboard, and fabric.

The new materials did not just make his city livelier, they were also meant to send a message about recycling and re-using waste.

"I'm trying to send a message out there all over the world that we must re-use waste materials instead of throwing everything away," said Negondeni.

Negondeni also added that it took him 12 years to build his city. This is because he was not satisfied with the first versions and kept destroying and rebuilding the city's structures. However, by 2018, he had a design that was 80% complete. Negondeni also explained that he still wants to add some new structures to his never-ending city but he is limited by space.

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