More Bicycles for Masiphumelele

20171103_150017_preview.jpegLast week we reported the handover over of 22 bicycles to Ukhanyo Primary School, where a cycling club is being initiated. The same remarkable group of partners has also made a donation of 15 bicycles the Songezo Jim Cycling Academy, who are based at our Chasmay Road Campus. At Masicorp, we are incredibly proud of our partnership with the academy and to have the young cyclists coming and going and treating Chasmay Road Campus as their “home”! Songezo Jim himself will select 15 cyclists to receive these bicycles for participation in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – there are already fifteen entries to the tour that have been registered.

20171103_144906_previewOur thanks once again to:

CLAREMONT ROTARY who donated R90 000 for the 15 bicycles, spare parts, clothing and equipment that are being handed over to Songezo Jim and have a remarkable track record of philanthropy across many spheres.

PEDAL POWER who have been promoting SAFE CYCLING for over 40 years and have been the mover and shakers to get cycle paths installed wherever possible.

THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR who as we all know, organises the world’s largest timed cycle race, raising money for a wide variety of projects. It must be a monumental task of organisation and logistics!

BEN BIKES who way back in 2002 began operating from a container on the Sosebenza site in Masiphumelele – now it is a double storey facility! BEN has handed out over 20 000 bicycles and trained 5000 people in safe cycling and bicycle maintenance. We must also thank those from BEN Masiphumelele who have been beavering away assembling the bikes prior to the handover.

QHUBEKA (a Nguni word meaning “to move forward, to progress”) – this organisation hands out bicycles countrywide for people to access schools, clinics, jobs….and run the projects to encourage people everywhere to CYCLE!   Their programmes include “Learn to earn” for kids and “Work to earn” for adults.



Ken Sturgeon and Ian Robertson of Claremont Rotary,

Ian Mills and Sithembiso Gwaza of Qhubeka,

Louis de Waal, Ken Sturgeon,Tim Mosdell and Gordon Laing of BEN,

David Bellairs and Ian Robertson of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and

Robert Vogel of Qhubeka

Songezo Jim and all at Songezo Cycling Academy

Sally Peterson of AWOL Tours, who also have a “home” at Chasmay Road Campus, and through whom Masicorp benefits from with funding every month.

A Cycle Club for Ukhanyo Primary School

The MCC MASI 750 Sports Club is expanding into cycling at Ukhanyo Primary School. Tim Mosdell of the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) handed over 22 bicycles to head of department Sello Matloporo on Friday 20th October at the school assembly, on behalf of a collaboration of NGOs, including Masicorp, BEN and the following partners: Rotary Club of ClaremontPedal Power Association (PPA); Qhubeka; #Bike4All (a joint PPA BEN initiative); Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) and Pedal for Peace.

The handover team of all invoved. Many thanks

It was probably the most memorable assemblies of the year ending with teachers, coaches and learners riding around the quad in celebration.

The Claremont Rotary Club have given a generous donation to both the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club and the Songezo Cycling Academy based at Chasmay Road Campus. They have further provided funding to support the required cycle training for Ukhanyo coaches and learners, after exams and during the holidays.

Tim Mosdell of Ben Bikes spoke at the school assembly saying

“We would like to thank Ukhanyo Primary for hosting this very special event where a fleet of 22 bicycles has been handed over in support of the establishment of a cycling club at the school. In particular, we would like to thank Sello Matloporo, the sports coaches, and all the learners for all their efforts in setting the groundwork for this project.

We would also like to acknowledge the role that MasiCorp has played in facilitating access to the school and community.

While this is a significant step in empowering learners through the use of bicycles, there is a lot more to come in terms of ensuring the sustainability of the project. Some of these activities include:

  • Providing bike maintenance training to the cycling club,
  • Running the “Cool Kid on a Bike” cycling safety program,
  • Running cycling related holiday programs at the school,
  • Providing more bicycles to the club as the club expands.

We are really pleased to be working in such a collaborative way with such a vibrant and enthusiastic community, and look forward to a very strong relationship going forward. Together we can make a huge impact in this community. We urge the learners at the school to get involved in the cycling club and the other sporting initiatives at the school and to have FUN!”

The Cycle Club is being geared to start its journey after training at the end of the 4th term. Take off will be in 2018.

The MCC Masi 750 Sports Club – taking sport onto the streets of Masiphumelele

Project leader Vince van der Bijl reports on three key areas of success for the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club at Ukhanyo Primary School.

KFC mini-cricket weekly competitions for under 7s, 8s, and 9s

When is our turn to bat!The under 7, 8, and 9 mini cricket teams now play in a weekly competition scheduled for the whole fourth term, played at Fish Hoek Primary School together with eight other local schools.

The first Wednesday competition was met with great excitement. The youngsters are doing so well thanks to the mini-cricket sessions played in the quad twice a week under Teddy Nyali and Nceba Jonas’s watchful eyes.

The teams playing in their first ever mini cricket competition performed admirably and the under 8s won their first ever formal match. The keenness and excitement was palpable – we had five coaches there to support and encourage.

Mini-cricket here we come!

Soccer and netball

Nceba met the Ubuntu Football Academy and is working with them to develop a strategy which is to start in the first term of next year. There will initially be two teams (under 11s and 13s). The programme is done in such a way that the boys will be able to attend multiple different sports practices during the week.

Popular netballNetball remains a very strong and competitive sport at Ukhanyo. Teams from all age groups play 12 months of the year such is the demand. One of our partner NGOs, Coolplay, held a successful netball tournament at Ukhanyo working with Nceba and the surrounding schools. It received high acclaim from those involved and may be the start of more such tournaments next year.

2018 will therefore introduce School soccer teams for the first time and expand the player base of netball. Watch this space.

Sporting Chance Street Cricket and Soccer Tournament back in Masiphumelele

Brad Bing the founder of NGO partner, Sporting Chance, has for years run an amazing street cricket and soccer event which electrifies the communities in which they operate. Masiphumelele was chosen to be involved this year.

Bradlyn Stuurman, from Sporting Chance, assisted us on the first Friday. Twelve teams of six Ukhanyo under 13 players, chosen in teams named after the Masiphumelele streets in which they live, contest to be the Masiphumelele Champions – the local final will be played on November 24th. The teams alternate on Fridays playing soccer and cricket. Two girls have to be selected in each team – 72 learners and 12 coaches are involved between 1 and 3 every Friday.

The winning team plays in the Provincial final the following week against the best teams from Langa and Khayelitsha for the coveted Street Sport Title.