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<p><strong>Kopano Sibeko</strong><br />
info@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>IN a bid to make life easier and the environment sustainable, the City of Johannesburg, Volkswagen South Africa and Qhubeka distributed 98 new bicycles for school children, health workers and policing volunteers at the Kwabhekilanga Sports Complex on the 5th of October. Qhubeka is an NPO that donates bicycles as part of the world’s bicycle relief charity programme that moves people forward with bicycles, improving access to schools, jobs and clinics.</p>

<p>The distribution included 28 bicycles for learners from Kwabhekilanga and East Bank High, 30 were handed over to healthcare workers and 40 bicycles were given to the community policing forum volunteers. Qhubeka’s aim is that the bicycles will help school children to travel more easily to and from school, improve CPF volunteers’ ability to do visible security patrols in the area, and enable the healthcare workers to service more households every day. The MMC for Transport in Johannesburg, Nonhlanhla Makhuba said the city saw the bicycle distribution as the start of a sustainable and growing programme in Alexandra. “We are piloting for the first time in Johannesburg the distribution of bicycles to healthcare workers.</p>

<p>I am personally very excited about this and how the health care workers will not only be more accessible to their community clients but also demonstrate how bike-riding can contribute to healthier lifestyles,” “Through such partnerships, we continue to see how bicycles can help to transform communities,” said Tsatsi Phaweni, Executive Director at Qhubeka. She said they are pleased to have partnered with COJ, Volkwagen SA and they appreciate their commitment to improving lives of South Africans.</p>

<p>“With bicycles, people can access education, healthcare and work opportunities more easily. Today’s distribution is an example of some of the ways bicycles can change lives,” she added. Kamogelo, a learner from East Bank High said he was happy because it will help eliminate long walking to come to school, “It will also help me to get to school on time because teachers were already complaining about my late coming,” he said. Thomas Schaefer, chairman and managing director of Volkswagen South Africa said the company’s vision is to provide sustainable mobility for Africa through German engineering and a South African heart. The programme fits in with that philosophy.</p>
Bicycles for a Good Cause

Kopano Sibeko
info@greateralextoday.co.za

IN a bid to make life easier and the environment sustainable, the City of Johannesburg, Volkswagen South Africa and Qhubeka distributed 98 new bicycles for school children, health workers and policing volunteers at the Kwabhekilanga Sports Complex on the 5th of October. Qhubeka is an NPO that donates bicycles as part of the world’s bicycle relief charity programme that moves people forward with bicycles, improving access to schools, jobs and clinics.

The distribution included 28 bicycles for learners from Kwabhekilanga and East Bank High, 30 were handed over to healthcare workers and 40 bicycles were given to the community policing forum volunteers. Qhubeka’s aim is that the bicycles will help school children to travel more easily to and from school, improve CPF volunteers’ ability to do visible security patrols in the area, and enable the healthcare workers to service more households every day. The MMC for Transport in Johannesburg, Nonhlanhla Makhuba said the city saw the bicycle distribution as the start of a sustainable and growing programme in Alexandra. “We are piloting for the first time in Johannesburg the distribution of bicycles to healthcare workers.

I am personally very excited about this and how the health care workers will not only be more accessible to their community clients but also demonstrate how bike-riding can contribute to healthier lifestyles,” “Through such partnerships, we continue to see how bicycles can help to transform communities,” said Tsatsi Phaweni, Executive Director at Qhubeka. She said they are pleased to have partnered with COJ, Volkwagen SA and they appreciate their commitment to improving lives of South Africans.

“With bicycles, people can access education, healthcare and work opportunities more easily. Today’s distribution is an example of some of the ways bicycles can change lives,” she added. Kamogelo, a learner from East Bank High said he was happy because it will help eliminate long walking to come to school, “It will also help me to get to school on time because teachers were already complaining about my late coming,” he said. Thomas Schaefer, chairman and managing director of Volkswagen South Africa said the company’s vision is to provide sustainable mobility for Africa through German engineering and a South African heart. The programme fits in with that philosophy.

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