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Container delivery over Covid-19 Lockdown

The Re~Cycle UK container arrived at BEN on Friday, 15th May 2020.  We unpacked the container, social distancing with less staff. All staff were masked, gloved and constantly sprayed with sanitizer and disinfectant. This was no normal container delivery.  We made sure that every COVID-19 safety and regulation was put into place before the delivery.  Our biggest concern was to get the bicycles into the warehouse the safest way possible.
Thank you Re-Cycle UK for our blessing of bicycles. In the meantime Tony from BEN has worked hard to get permits for our BEC’s to operate in the communities. Great team effort.

COVID19 – Lockdown Stage 3

Please be advised that BEN Staff are currently working remotely. Should you require assistance, you can contact us on info@benbikes.org.za or via the following email addresses:-
Tim Mosdell – tim@benbikes.org.za
Yvonne Tripod – yvonne@benbikes.org.za
Sue Strybis – sue@benbikes.org.za
Tony Florence – tony@benbikes.org.za
Solly Jones – 073 407 2618
Samantha Simon – info@benbikes.org.za

Langa Bike4All project being proactive during COVID19

Amid the nationwide lockdown, a group of entrepreneurial teenage boys from Langa are doing good for their community by offering a R9 delivery service for essential items and takeaways.

The service, called Cloudy Deliveries, is operated by nine boys from the Langa area who ride their bikes to bring deliveries to their community. Deliveries cost a flat fee of R9.

The drivers range from 16-19 years old. The youngest team member, 12-year-old Olwethu, looks after the bicycles to make sure they are working properly and ready for the road each day.

“Our vision for Cloudy Deliveries is that we want it to be a reliable alternative to the way we do shopping or the way the exchange of money and goods take place between vendors and customers in black communities. While also having an impact in the lives of young boys in our townships,” they explain on their Facebook page.

“We would like to invite you to be part of a vision that seeks to move the community forward and a vision that wants to improve young lives by requesting a delivery and making your R9 count.”

While R9 might not seem like much, every bit helps.

“Your R9 does count and it does make a difference. It brings us closer to our vision which is to impact the lives of young boys and of providing you with a reliable alternative to the way you buy goods,” they say.

Deliveries can happen through a number of means. Customers may contact the boys on the numbers listed below, place an order at a specific shop and can ask the owner to request the delivery or simply stop the boys on the street and ask for a delivery to be made.

If you’d like a delivery, you may contact 062 412 8804. Visit their Facebook page HERE.

 

 

Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP) 1st Bicycle distribution

On the 19th March 2020, three Neighbourhood Watch organisations in the Swartland received 40 bicycles as part of the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). The programme, run by the Department of Transport and Public Works, includes a Bicycle Distribution Programme. Malmesbury Eagle Eye, Chatsworth NHW, and Abbotsdale NHW all received bicycles to assist in providing security services to the local community. The project was facilitated by the Department in collaboration with the Department of Community Safety, the Swartland Municipality, and the Bicycle Mobility Consortium (Qhubeka, BEN, and PPA) Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela Premier Alan Winde Swartland Municipality Qhubeka Charity Pedal Power Association

Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme Begins….

Bicycle safety classes are an important and imperative part of the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme (PSTP). Three schools in Malmesbury and one in Darling will be receiving bicycles at the beginning of the new school term, and went through bicycle safety classes on Wed, 11th March 2020. The programme, run by the Department of Transport and Public Works, makes sure every learner is equipped with personal, road and bicycle safety before they receive their bicycles. The project was facilitated by the Dept of Community Safety, the Swartland Municipality and the Bicycle Mobility Consortium (Qhubeka, BEN and PPA) Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela Premier Alan Winde Qhubeka Charity Pedal Power Association

BEN Auction 2020

Hugely successful BEN auction was held on 29th February 2020, with special thanks to guests, BEN supporters, sponsors and staff. The auction was held at the Milnerton Italian Club, hosted by SUGA of HeartFM, entertained by Plumsong Duo and auctioneer Joey Burke. THANK YOU for all the support. BEN truly appreciates it and will continue to sustain mobility through the use of a bicycle

Louis our SUPERHERO!

Louis de Waal you are our very own superman!

Not only have you contributed tremendously to the City of Cape Town from an engineering point of view, but you have tirelessly promoted cycling for all. Well done on completing your 42nd consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Special thanks goes out to our CEO Tim and Louis’s Son Anton who cycled with Louis.

If you or your company are inspired by his achievements, consider making a contribution to BEN as we continue to promote sustainable mobility through the use of a bicycle.

 

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.

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