Nederburg, together with Qhubeka, a non-profit organisation that uses bicycles to make a socio-economic impact, is actively striving to reach more people and change more lives. Both are working towards the common goal of mobilising Africa. The aim is to give back to communities as an investment in the future.
Qhubeka means ‘to progress’. Giving bikes to underprivileged South Africans increases the distance and speed at which they can travel, whether for work, school or community. The bicycles let riders carry more books, more goods for sale, and more medicines and other supplies they can distribute among communities. That’s why Qhubeka can rightly make the claim that ‘bicycles change lives’. Since its inception in 2005, Qhubeka has distributed bicycles to approximately 100 000 people in South Africa in return for work done by specific beneficiaries in developing communities.
See some examples of specific programmes to which Nederburg donates bicycles via Qhubeka:
Great Commission Network, in terms of the Impilo Household Vegetable Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. The aim of the project is to create 100 household food gardens in the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole districts. The bikes allow project participants to plant and water their gardens, and ensure that they get their produce to market as quickly as possible, using their own transport.
Dwars River Escape Route, of which YNC Bike Rentals forms a part (based in Kylemore near Stellenbosch). It aims to stimulate tourism in a bid to increase economic growth in the Dwars River Valley, situated in the Cape winelands. It does so partly by offering bicycle rentals to visitors.
Ride 2 Empower, a development initiative focused on guided bicycle tours in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s most economically vulnerable townships, in an effort to show and grow local small businesses, and to support potential investment into these micro-enterprises.
Ekasi Recycling’s ‘Gugulethu Goes Green’, an educational and awareness campaign that aims to promote a culture of waste management and recycling in Gugulethu. Qhubeka bicycles are used to aid in the transport of recyclables.
Paarl Community Watch, a number of neighbourhood organisations in Paarl East that operates for the sole purpose of promoting community safety. Bicycles allow safety patrollers to cover more ground quicker.
Khayelitsha Community Policing Forum, a neighbourhood safety network operating in Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape with a population of 450 000.