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#NEWBIKEDAY FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN, VEGETABLE GARDENERS AND POLICING VOLUNTEERS

Qhubeka, the charity that moves people forward with bicycles, distributed 580 bicycles in four different
locations. The recipients are schoolchildren who are part of learn-to-earn
programmes in the Western Cape and Gauteng, as well as adults who are part
of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Impilo Household Vegetable
Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project and Community
Policing Forum (CFP) volunteers in Soweto, Gauteng.
At Masiphumelele High School in Cape Town, 100 schoolchildren received
bicycles funded by Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Africa’s first World
Tour cycling team. In Plettenberg Bay, bicycles were distributed to 170
learners at Murray High School.
“The Plettenberg distribution was bitter sweet for us,” says Tsatsi Phaweni,
Qhubeka Executive Director. “Our programme there was initiated by Jan
Rossouw, who passed away suddenly earlier this month. Our team is devasted
by his loss, but we see this bicycle distribution as a reminder of the
wonderful work Jan did, and the programme as a great tribute to his
character.”
In Gauteng, 240 bicycles were distributed to Bona Comprehensive and
Selelekela (100 each) schools in Orlando, Soweto, and 40 to members of the
local CPF. The bicycles were funded by Volkswagen South Africa and are part
of a Qhubeka SHIFT programme in the region, in partnership with the City of
Johannesburg.

Qhubeka SHIFT programmes are aimed at shifting an entire community forward
using bicycles, creating a new bicycle culture and transforming communities
through the power of personal transport. Qhubeka SHIFT programmes aim to
distribute 5 000 bicycles into a single geographic region over a period of a
few years.

In Paarl, in the Western Cape, 70 bicycles were distributed to adults
involved in creating food gardens through the Impilo Household Vegetable
Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape
Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Great Commission Networks
(GCN) NPC.

“The bicycles, funded by Nederburg, will help the gardeners involved in this
programme to be more mobile,” says Phaweni. “The recipients will use them to
help tend their gardens and take their veggies to market to sell. The
programme is being implemented in targeted communities in the Cape Winelands
district (in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek), and in the Cape Metropole
district (in Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu).”

The programme participants also receive a starter kit from the Western Cape
Department of Agriculture through Casidra (Cape Agency for Sustainable
Integrated Development in Rural Areas), which includes a hoe, rake, watering
can, grey water harvesting and irrigation system, organic compost,
fertiliser, and vegetable seedlings and seeds.






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