Co-Founders: Dieter Voigt, Lizel Visser & Heinrich Gabler

UpcycleSA is a movement where we as an NGO reuse discarded sports equipment and objects or materials in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value and donate it to less fortunate schools or communities.


To inspire others to use their talents through sport and promote:








"Sport saved my life!" - Heinrich Gabler (Mr South Africa 2019)

He was a little nine-year-old boy when Heinrich Gabler lost his mother in a car accident. Her funeral was a turning point in his life. He had to bury his mother, and to his devastation, it was also the last time he would see his father. Heinrich, along with his older sister and two brothers, was then brought to House Andrew Murray (HAM), a Children’s Home in Wellington.

He has a passion for children and sport and has a heart for the less fortunate. There were many people who inspired and help him on his journey. Dieter Voigt and Lizel Visser are two of his angels and also co-founders of UpcycleSA.



He vividly recalls a moment in his matric year when Dieter Voigt (Mr South Africa 2007), approached him and told him that he had the talent and ability to make a difference in society, using the modelling platforms.


After completing his school career at Huguenot- Primary and High School, Heinrich received a bursary to study teaching at Cape Peninsula University (CPUT) and moved from HAM to the university residence.  

Thereafter, he actively pursued a career in teaching and followed his passion for rugby by coaching young children. Heinrich wanted to be the caring and loving coach to the learners as his coaches were to him. He regularly communicated with parents about their children’s holistic development. This was also how he met Lizel and Piet Visser, parents of Jean Visser, a learner at school whom Heinrich coached. As the years went on the Vissers learnt Heinrich’s story and became his family.


Together, Dieter, Lizel and Heirich are co-founders of UpcycleSA, spreading hope to children for a better future.


’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’- Jeremiah 29:11.”


Upcycle SA donates sports equipment to less fortunate schools and communities.


Heinrich believes he has a life story that will inspire people of South Africa and even around the world to become the best version of themselves. He lives by the motto:


teach love and inspire.


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