In his navy overalls at the garage where he runs his cycling club, newly appointed Cycling South Africa’s Chair for Youth, Transformation and Development Bonga Nqobane is fixing bicycles. The children he trains will arrive at 4pm after they have finished school.
Nqobane, who is 26, began a cycling club with his friend in a garage at home in October 2015. He first started cycling when he was 15. He says it was never his aim to become the world’s best cyclist but to bring the sport to people living in areas like Khayelitsha. In 2014, he initiated an inter-school cycling competition in Khayelitsha that involved six schools and 90 learners.
He doesn’t have enough bicycles, so he holds Math and English extra classes to keep those children without bicycles busy and to help them with school work. Nqobane also created a vegetable garden for the children. He has study guides, and on the walls hang math times tables.
He has more than 40 children in his club, with only 21 bicycles which were donated by Cycling South Africa and Pedal Power Association.
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