On Bike Works – BEC Meshack Nchupetsang in Westlake


Business:  Bicycle repairs/service specialist/bicycle & spares sales/On Bike Tours/On Bike Shop & Fisheries/Airtime & Data

Open:  All week – Monday – Friday (Saturday 9am – 5pm)

Time:  9am – 7pm

Place:  Cnr of Westlake drive & Lynx Way, Westlake

Description:  Bicycle repairs & spares sales.  Shop to grab a bite and drink while waiting.


20 Bikes for 20 Years Nominees are ……

A huge congratulations to Amazing Grace, Leliebloem House, Vision Child and Masigcine Children’s Home, who will be receiving 5 bikes each as part of BEN’s 20th birthday celebrations. These homes all do amazing work in giving children the opportunities that they deserve and we know that these bikes will change their lives!
False Bay Rugby Club – 14th July 10.30am

BEN turns 20

20 years ago, our visionary founder, Louis de Waal co-established BEN with the aim of empowering communities and individuals through the bike and cycling. Two decades on, BEN continues to thrive and make an impact in communities by creating social and economic opportunities through cycling and bicycles.

Some of BEN’s achievements over the past 20 years are:

  • Over 31 000 used bicycles distributed into areas of need
  • Over 2500 new bicycles distributed through our Bike4All programme
  • 18 Bicycle Empowerment Centers Established (BECs)
  • Over 100 community bicycle mechanics trained
  • Over 11 000 learners trained in safe cycling

To showcase these achievements, BEN will be hosting several celebration events over the coming month. STAY TUNED

100 Bicycles to George & Uniondale

9th June 2022 – 100 Bicycles were handed over to 9 projects in George and Uniondale aimed at SMME/Economic Development and Community Safety as part of the Western Cape Government Provincial Sustainable Transport Programme. The event was attended by the Executive Mayor, Alderman Van Wyk, the Provincial Director of Land Transport Integration, Mr Fezile Mbambo, the Director of Community Services, Mr Alan Paulsen, and Councilor Dirk Wessels. Pedal Power Association Qhubeka Charity

20 Bicycles for 20 Years!

BEN turns 20! To celebrate this incredible milestone, we’re having a celebration on Thursday 14th July. In partnership with Rotary Club Stellenbosch, PPA safe cycling, False Bay Rugby Club and Open Streets, we’re giving away 20 bikes for each year of BEN!

We’re looking for:

🚲 Nominations: Children’s homes in Cape Town to receive up to five bikes. Follow this link in our bio to nominate: https://forms.gle/mvmmYBKpYCLzw2Pd6

🚲 Catering: We’re looking to offer party packs for 30 children and tea and coffee for adults.

🚲 Cake: For the celebration (approximately catering for 60 people).

For catering, please drop us a message or give us a call to find out more – info@benbikes.org.za or 021 7884174.

Bicycles continue to make a change…

Godfrey is a laryngectomee and is unable to talk, so taking public transport has been difficult in the past. With a bicycle, he has a liberty to travel without relying on communicating any information. The two wheels have empowered him and his family a new found freedom!

Freedom on a bike

Cycling offers a world of freedom. A bike presents a world of reliable transport and fresh perspective.
Robert uses his bike to travel 10km to get to work, a trip that would previously take several taxis, an hour, and up to R1000 a month. Now he saves time, money and has the independence to plan his route, thriving on the convenience of freedom. If he wants to visit someone or stop for groceries, he doesn’t need to plan anything.
Here’s to bikes and the beauty of the convenience they offer! Thanks Rob for your appreciation of the two wheeled machine of freedom, we love to see it!

A Living Tribute to Louis de Waal

Louis de Waal, the family man, the civil engineer, the rugby player, the cyclist, the co-founder of Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), the Table Mountain man, and the ubiquitous leader of numerous civic and sporting bodies.
This is a testimony to the great living tribute, as part of our celebration of BEN’s 20th anniversary this year!
For the past twenty years, Louis and the team have been building the Bicycling Empowerment Network to where it is today and the journey has been nothing short of incredible. We’d like to thank every single person involved in helping BEN achieve what it has, and we can’t wait to celebrate the next twenty years of empowering the nation through cycling.
If you’d like to found out how to support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Alternatively, visit us at https://www.benbikes.org.za/contribute to find out more.