Qhubeka is the Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means ‘to carry on’, ‘to progress’ or ‘to move forward’. The various projects established by the Qhubeka Foundation aim to achieve just that: to help rural communities move forward. Through the Qhubeka philosophy of “hand-ups not hand-outs”, individuals may earn a Qhubeka assembled bicycle in return for improving their environment and community. Their environment can be approved by either, planting and nurturing indigenous trees, collecting certain recyclable waste or farming food.
- More than 105,000 bikes distributed since 2004
- Child’s commute to school reduced by 75%
- Sport Infrastructure cost per child reduced by 90%
- Micro-finance loan recipient earnings increased by 500%
- Healthcare worker OVC visits increased by 400%
How is FLS Involved with Qhubeka?
In 2013 Faire Le Saut Cycling Tours, became involved in the Qhubeka project as a result of a shared passion for cycling and the belief that the bicycles earned drastically improve the lives of many individuals across Africa, while simultaneously benefiting the environment. In January FLS Michael Whitehead travelled to the South African Town of Vosloosrus on behalf of FLS to donate a bicycle to Mr Dhlamini in return for the trees he had grown.
Mr Dhlamini is what Qhubeka calls a ‘tree-perneur’, an individual who must grow 100 Native or indigenous South African saplings (to at least 50cm in length) in order to earn a bicycle; and grow those saplings he did! With over 7000 saplings already planted in recycled pots, Mr Dhlamini now intends to sell the bicycles he earns for a profit. There are also ‘waste-perneurs’- individuals who collect waste (such as plastic bottles) to earn themselves a Qhubeka bicycle.
This program has not only positively influenced the life of Mr Dhlamini and the environment, but also the community at large. Through the Qhubeka project, Mr Dhlamini has also been trained in basic mechanical services to repair the many Qhubeka bikes which have been earned in his community.
Having witnessed the success of this program first-hand compelled us to become further involved. Faire Le Saut Cycling Tours is proud to announce that for every cycle tour we conduct, at least one bicycle will be donated to this most worthy foundation. Consequently, FLS has donated 11 Buffalo bikes.
How is Qhubeka funded?
- Bike sales
- Corporate Social Development funds
- Corporate Sponsors & Donors
- Fund Raisers
- Individual Donors, such as Faire Le Saut Cycling Tours
- Merchandise sales
- Sports Team endorsement for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
Dimension Data for Qhubeka is Africa’s leading and largest multidisciplinary pro -cycle race team. The talented athletes in Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka race to build exposure for Qhubeka’s rural initiatives and ride to inspire potential new athletes within the community of Qhubeka bike recipients.
To make a donation or for more information visit: http://www.qhubeka.org/2012/