14 July 2023 – We are thrilled to share the incredible success of our recent event at IKhaya Le Langa
, where we had the honor of showcasing the remarkable growth and development of our small business community partners Langa Bicycle Hub
, IKhaya Le Langa, Tembile Kulati and Cloudy Deliveries
. This momentous occasion was made possible through the generous support of the Western Cape Government’s SMME Booster Fund.
We were deeply honored to have Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
and Mireille Wenger
from the Western Cape Department of Economic Opportunities and Tourism join us at this event. Their presence underscored the importance and recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that drive our small businesses community partners forward.
At the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), we believe in the power of collaboration and community empowerment. Through the SMME Booster Fund, we have been able to provide vital resources and opportunities for small businesses, enabling them to thrive and contribute to the economic growth of the Western Cape.
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Premier Alan Winde, MEC Mireille Wenger, and the Western Cape Government for their unwavering support and belief in the potential of small businesses. Through their partnership, we have been able to uplift and empower our community partners, fostering a culture of growth and prosperity.
Special thanks to Tony & his team for allowing us to host our event that IKhaya Le Langa!
6 June 2023 – Today we are in Bishops Lavis for an exclusive Advanced Mechanical training workshop with our SMME partners from the northern suburbs!
This workshop is all about empowering our community and taking our cycling passion to new heights!
We’re thrilled to have our SMME partners joining us for this special event. Together, we’ll create a supportive network and foster lasting connections.
We had an AMAZING time on 9th May 2023 hosting an Advanced Bicycle Mechanic course in Ocean View, made possible through the Department of Economic Development and Tourism: Western Cape project. It was wonderful to see so many skilled bicycle mechanics from the area come together to learn and share their knowledge. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to making this event a success. Special shout out of thanks to our BEC James Esterhuizen and Mastoera Communities Wellness Solutions. Together, we can continue to empower our community through cycling!
28 April 2023 – We’re thrilled to announce that our container load of used bicycles from Re~Cycle in UK has finally arrived!
Thanks to this dynamic partnership, we can empower more people in South Africa to access non-motorized transportation and all the benefits that come with it.
With each bicycle we receive, we’re able to help someone save money on transportation, improve their health and well-being, and reduce their carbon footprint. We’re proud to play a part in creating a more sustainable future for all.
Thank you Re-Cycle UK & all your donors and volunteers for making this possible, and to our dedicated team at BEN for making sure these bikes find a new home. Let’s keep pedaling forward!
1 March 2023 – Today, Bicycling Empowerment Network and Pedal Power Association re-launched our “Cool Kid on a Bike” programme at Ukanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele! We were honoured to have CEO of PPA Neil Robinson and Ukhanyo Principal Michael Tyhali welcome us, as well as Premier Alan Winde and Ricardo Mackenzie – new MEC of the Western Cape’s Mobility Department who stressed the importance of road safety when cycling. The highlight of the event was a presentation by Lukholo Badi to grade 4 learners, educating them about safe cycling practices. We were also delighted to have Mr. Ismail Teladia from WCED and Mr. Vince van der Bijl from MasiSports speak about the benefits of cycling and how the “Cool Kid on a Bike” programme can help kids stay active and healthy. We thank everyone who joined us today and especially the kids who showed their enthusiasm for cycling! We look forward to empowering more kids to ride safely and responsibly.
Great news everyone! We are thrilled to share that the Belhar Ext 7 Neighbourhood Watch patrollers have been doing an amazing job keeping their community safe over the past few months, thanks to the bicycles they received as part of the Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme!
Since receiving the bikes in partnership with the Western Province Transport and Public Works Department, Pedal Power Association, the patrollers have been able to cover more ground and respond more efficiently to incidents in their community.
Their success can be seen in the significant reduction of crime in the area. The patrollers have been instrumental in identifying suspicious behavior and preventing potential incidents, resulting in a safer and more secure neighborhood for all.
We applaud the dedication and commitment of the Belhar Ext 7 Neighbourhood Watch patrollers, and we are proud to support their efforts in keeping their community safe.
Congratulations to the patrollers on their successful patrols, and a big thank you to the organizations involved in making this possible!