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Wesbank Secondary School in Malmesbury receive 10 Bicycles on PSTP

20 August 2020 – Wesbank Secondary School is the next school in the Swartland to receive 10 bicycles today. Mr Klasse proudly welcomed the bicycles to his school on the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). These bicycles will be given to selected individual scholars on the Scholar Mobility Project. Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity Bike4All Premier Alan Winde Bonginkosi Madikizela

Skoonspruit Secondary School in Malmesbury receive 10 Bicycles on PSTP

Swartland bicycle distributions have begun today. Mr Stewe from Skoonspruit Secondary School proudly welcomed 10 bicycles to his school on the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). These bicycles will be given to selected individual scholars on the Scholar Mobility Project. Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity Bike4All Premier Alan Winde Bonginkosi Madikizela

Herberg Children’s Home in Robertson receives 50 bicycles

BEN and Rotary Club Stellenbosch (Derek Moss) proudly partnered to sponsor 20 bicycles to the Herberg Children’s Home in Robertson.

The Herberg employs 29 members of staff. The Management team consists of the principal, three social workers, bookkeeper/promotions manager and a senior child care worker.

The Herberg Children’s Home was started during the flu epidemic of 1918. These orphans were cared for in an ordinary home. This home was replaced by The Herberg Children’s Home and was housed in the Old Herberg, currently a block of flats. The new buildings were first occupied during 1980.

They currently have 122 boys and girls who are accommodated in 7 housing units. Fourteen children between the ages of 6 to 18 are cared for in the units for children that are of school going age. The pre-school section accommodates the babies and little ones from birth until they are about six years old.

It was with great pleasure for us to aid the children with the happiness of a bicycle.  Please watch the safety training video and cycle safely.

Do you have a TV to donate to BEN?

Do you have a spare TV to donate to BEN? If you do, we could put it to very good use!

We would like to install a TV in our workshop to display the very knowledgeable Park Tool videos – “Know your bicycle mechanics”. These videos can be found on our website https://www.benbikes.org.za/know-your-mechanics/

Exhibiting these videos will be of great help/knowledge to visiting bicycle mechanics and individuals wanting to learn more on how to service and care for their bicycles.

If you are able and kind enough to donate a TV, then please contact Sue on 0718778915 or email sue@benbikes.org.za.

We would greatly appreciate it.

100 bicycles to The Overstrand District

The Overstrand district received 100 bicycles on Friday, 14th August 2020.  These bicycles were distributed to eligible members who live within the project area and participating in the Adult Mobility Programme. This is part of the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme, in collaboration with Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Pedal Power Association Bicycling Empowerment Network, Overstrand Municipality and QhubekaCharity.  These bicycles were distributed to the following organisations:-
Overstrand Municipality – Fire Unit x 15
Overstrand Municipality – Law Enforcement Unit x 15
Overstrand Municipality – Environmental Services Unit x 15
Overstrand Municipality – Traffic Unit x 15
Zwelihle Neighbourhood Watch x 10
Onrus-Vermont Neighbourhood Watch x 8
Hermanus, Kleinmond, Stanford, Gansbaai SAPS x 12
Franskraal Neighbourhood Watch x 5
Pearly Beach OORD Neighbourhood Watch x 5
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Tshefu for the opening Prayer, Mr Neville Michaels for welcoming all the beneficiaries and to The Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, Ald. Dudley Coetzee for handing over the bicycles.

 

 

Happy 83rd Birthday Louis de Waal

Happy 83rd Birthday to Louis de Waal.
Louis, steaming ahead strongly, who has done so many different things in his life, ranging from family man, civil engineer, rugby player, cyclist, the Table Mountain man, the leader of numerous civic and sporting bodies and most importantly to us, our Chairman and Founder of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN).
Louis, always cheerful, enthusiastic, encouraging, with a sense of always caring for those around him.
Well done, Louis. You’ve been and remain a role model for many to follow and admire.
We wish you the happiest of birthdays and look forward to celebrating with you soon.

PSTP on the go…..

Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme moves forward during these uncertain times, improving mobility through the use of a bicycle. Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity

Coot Neighbourhood Watch in Mitchell’s Plain – 5 bicycles.
Oceanview Community Wellness Solutions – 5 bicycles.
Livelihoods – 25 bicycles
Khaltsha Cycles Khayelitsha- 26 bicycles
Movement for Change and Social Justice in Gugulethu – 10 bicycles
Cloudy Deliveries Colin Mkosi – 10 bicycles

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

Together – moving forward!

World Bicycle Day – 3rd June 2020

Bike4All, a joint partnership with Bicycling Empowerment Network and Pedal Power Association have joined forces with Khaltsha Cycles in Khayelitsha on a #HeroesOnBikes campaign to raise funds for essential workers who are in need of safe, reliable and convenient transportation to get to and from our communities during the COVID19 pandemic.

Our wish is to help raise funds for 20 bicycles to ensure that we can continue to assist mobility in the communities through the use of the bicycle.  All donations received will not only be greatly appreciated but will change many lives.

For more information and donations please go to: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/heroes-on-bikes

BEC’s obtain permits in COVID19 lockdown stage 3

15th May 2020 – Bicycling Empowerment Centers (BEC’s) in Mitchells Plain have a permit to operate.

To purchase your bicycles contact Mr Bean on 073 593 6228 or Ismail Cassiem on 073 654 2761

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