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BEN empowering individuals with Bicycle Mechanic skills

February 2019 – BEN’s Workshop Manager, Solly Jones, was out at Ekhaya Le Langa, Langa, empowering Mbulelo De Preez and Ntsikelelo Ntshweng with bicycle mechanical skills. Both these gentlemen will be taking care and servicing the fleet of bicycles that were handed over to Ekhaya Le Langa late last year.

Have you booked your BEN auction tickets?

Tickets are on Sale. Make BEN your Valentine and SAVE THE DATE. Exciting NEWS! Bicycling Empowerment Network is having an auction on the 29th of February 2020 with renowned auctioneer Joey Burke, live entertainment by Plumsong Caberet (Mother and daughter duo) & three course dinner. Guaranteed to be a fun filled, exciting evening
 
Tickets are on sale – Click on link and book your tickets now. We need your support.
 
If you have something exciting to contribute towards our auction then please contact Sue on 021 7884174 or email sue@benbikes.org.za

City Re-opens Milnerton Wooden Bridge

11 December 2019 – Built in 1901 in the course of the South African War, the wooden bridge at Milnerton’s Woodbridge Island is the only one of its kind remaining in the country. After a year-long renovation the City of Cape Town has reopened the bridge for use by pedestrians and cyclists. It also provides stunning views of Table Mountain, while bird lovers will be able to use it take in the abundant bird life on the Diep River estuary.  Bike4All were proudly represented.

Tools to Work ROCKS!

Excitement in the BEN building as we welcomed an AWESOME container load of used bicycles from Tools to Work in the Netherlands. One couldn’t ask for a better way to end the year. THANK YOU!!!!

BEN, Qhubeka and PPA awarded tender for WC Government Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme

15th November 2019 – BEN, Qhubeka Charity and PPA, collaborating as the Bicycle Mobility Consortium, are proud to announce a significant bicycle distribution initiative with the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.

Please read the following media release:

The Bicycle Mobility Consortium is closing 2019 on a high note. The consortium consists of Bicycle Empowerment Network, Pedal Power Association, and Qhubeka and has won a tender to supply bicycles to communities in the Western Cape over a three-year period as part of the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP).
The PSTP is a programme run by the Department of Transport and Public Works, and aims to improve public transport and the safety of roads and communities in the Western Cape. As part of the programmes commitment to non-motorised transport, the first year of funding will see 400 bicycles distributed. However, Qhubeka Executive Director, Tsatsi Phewani says that what’s most exciting is the holistic nature of the programme. “This is one of the first tenders awarded in South Africa that looks to address the full end-to-end programming impact of bicycles on communities,” she says. “It’s not about simply delivering bicycles to people – it takes into account the full picture of creating a bicycle culture, helping people improve their access to education and employment opportunities, and moving people forward using bicycles as a tool for success.”
The Consortium explains that one of the key lessons it has learnt over the last years is the importance of programmatic sustainability. “We believe it is our responsibility to work with communities to create long-term solutions to their challenges – solutions that work for them,” says Tim Mosdell, Executive Director at Bicycle Empowerment Network.
This is why the Bicycle Mobility Consortium has developed a comprehensive programming process that takes into account everything from manufacturing bicycles to managing the spare parts supply chain and even training bicycle mechanics so that the bicycles remain rideable and people have an opportunity to build bicycle-based businesses.
“This consortium has been three years in the making, developing holistic bicycle implementation programmes,” says Robert Vogel, CEO at Pedal Power Association “It’s wonderful to see the hard work bearing fruit and we look forward to changing more lives with bicycles together.”

Re-Cycle UK delivers AGAIN!

Many thanks to Re~Cycle UK for our container load of used bicycles. We were beyond excited to receive them on Monday, 4th November 2019. Our warehouse is packed and we itching to get the bicycles out into the communities. Thanks so much Re~Cycle UK – you have no idea how much these bicycles change peoples lives. Special thanks must go out to all the donors and volunteers who work so hard to get these bicycles to us. You guys are just amazing! Thank you

Tim Mosdell cycles with Premier Alan Winde and his #safetycycletour2019 team

Malmesbury receives another 105 bicycles with a visit from Premier Alan Winde and #safetycycletour19 team

31st October 2019 – #NewBikeDay for Ilingelethu High School learners in Malmesbury as they received an additional 105 Qhubeka bicycles on the “Learn to Earn” programme. Bicycles were sponsored by Rola Motors and Spar. We were honored to welcome Premier Alan Winde and his #safetycycletour19 team as they joined us in the presentation of the bicycles. Proud partnership with Qhubeka CharityPedal Power Association and Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN)

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