Elephant Car Wash & Lounge

Meet Mandla Hlatshwayo

Inspired by the role elephants play in the ecosystem, Mandla came up with the idea of a car wash with a difference.

A car wash that uses less than 1 litre of water per car in a water scarce area. Mandla's business is a lot more than this, it's also a place where youth can come after school and access free internet to do their school work and projects (something they do not have available in the village) - the aim is to target government departments for contract cleaning of cars, a vibrant, safe space!

It has good financial prospects with a capital overhead of around R100 000, the Elephant Car wash can make over R10 000 per month and reach hundreds of youth each year. Mandla has made good progress in securing a site for his business as well as ready to go business clients from local government offices! 

Are you in the car wash business and want to offer Mandla some mentorship or water wise car washing equipment? Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!