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.

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AND TO THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED:

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.

Masicorp working with AWOL Tours and Songezo Jim’s cycling academy

The coming and going of cyclists from Songezo Jim’s cycling academy has become a regular sight since the professional cyclist started renting space at Chasmay Road. Songezo was aided in his move to the new premises by AWOL Tours who have helped him with sponsorship. AWOL have run a cycling tour of Masi for many years and have now decided to make their relationship with Songezo more formal. The AWOL bicycles are stored together with Songezo’s and the AWOL tour now begins at the Chasmay Road campus.

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The new partnership was recently launched at an opening event on the campus.  The AWOL Team invited the Songezo cycling academy cyclists to a BBQ / braai to meet the team.  Nonny’s café and Mark’s braai bus provided a perfect launch feast and many plans for future cycling development were made.

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The academy now has a workshop and storage space, and there is an opportunity to assist in developing Masiphumelele’s cycling legacy and training future AWOL cycling guides.

In addition to the regular cycling tour AWOL now introduce their guests to the Songezo cycling academy and also showcase the Masicorp crafters and artisans who share the premises at Chasmay Campus. During school term, the tour visits a local crèche and a proportion of every tourists booking fee continues to be donated to Masicorp to support the development of ECD in the community.

You can book the AWOL cycling tour HERE

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The MCC MASI 750 Sports Club

Ukhanyo Primary school is the only primary school in the Masiphumelele township. They play a limited amount of organized sport due to lack of facilities and sports staff. An organized sports programme will give the youth the excitement they seek, empower them, connect and give fellowship, assist problem solving skills, encourage a sense of community in the township, encourage positive team work, increase self-esteem and provide employment amongst other advantages.

This is the aim of MCC MASI 750 Sports Club project.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has generously spearheaded this project with a R870,000 donation over the next three years as part of their MCC Spirit of Cricket  drive.

 

Through the support of the MCC and further individual donations, we aim to give the pupils of Ukhanyo Primary school access to quality coaching, increased organized school sport, and competetive matches/tournaments through full participation. The initial donation will provide three cricket nets, which will build on the successful establishment of the all-weather running track provided by Masicorp in 2016.

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This will ensure that through organized sport, learners will develop an increased sense of purpose, self-belief, teamwork, honour, discipline and physical/emotional wellbeing.

B. Nceba and VinceThe project is lead by former South African cricketer and local resident Vince van der Bijl who is working alongside Ukhanyo School coach/PT instructor, Nceba Jonas. Nceba is currently the only instructor for 1,860 pupils. Each pupil receives one PT lesson every week, with the existing facilities consisting of one hard court netball court and a short sprint hard track and an open unusable potholed field with no posts or demarcated lines.

Despite the difficulties experienced at the school, cricket, soccer, netball, rugby and athletics are all popular, with teams representing most age groups. Most matches that are played are friendlies against other schools in close proximity due to lack of fields, funds, kit etc. Teams invariably use the opposition school’s equipment (balls, bats etc.) when playing competitive matches. Transport to every match is expensive as every match is an away game.

For this reason the next phase of the development programme is the construction of a comprehensive sports facilities development plan with three artificial playing surfaces with enhanced surrounds in the school, planned by Masicorp. The plans have been passed by the City Council, but funding is still being sought to ensure the development of the existing unusable school field becomes a reality.

 

The project is designed to meet the following sporting needs of the school:

Coaching personnel, transport and equipment costs and support for formal sporting instruction and competition

  • An assistant coach/organizer to support the current PT instructor and sports coach.
  • Two part-tine coaches for cricket and netball
  • Sports equipment
  • Budget for transport for away matches
  • Budget for sports team kit and other requirements
  • Development of competition/matches/tournaments with other schools
  • A structured sporting environment

Sports facilities – cricket nets

Plans have been passed for the construction of three cricket nets, essential to the cricket development of the school. The construction is currently under construction.

Artificial surfaces and field project

Masicorp have developed a programme which will see to the construction of three artificial playing areas, parking requirements and security fencing, already passed by the city council

These facilities will allow proper practices facilities and home matches.

While fund raising for this project has begun, the project hopefully will be started once the sports development process has been introduced and is functioning well. Completion by 2020 is the aim.

 

The financial scope and donation request

The initial MCC funding for the project is GBP 50 000 for a fixed three-year period for:

  1. the coaching personnel and general support/equipment requirements for three years and
  2. the three cricket nets (a once off)

The commitment of the MCC MASI 750 Sports Club is to ensure sustainability year on year by matching and in time exceeding the MCC funding. The increase in school sport activity by doubling participation, practices and matches will need additional funding which we hope will be supplied by the generosity of donors.

Donations.

Individuals can assist the project by donating R100 or R200 (or USD/GBP 10 or 20) per month on an ongoing basis.

Our target for 2018 is to raise R500 000 and in 2019 R1 million through individual sponsorship.

You can join the MCC MASI 750 Sports Club by making a once off or regular donation through our website. Please clearly reference your donation as MCC MASI 750.

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Horses for Causes

Masicorp is one of 14 NGO’s participating in Horses for Causes in 2017. The Horses for Causes Charity Race Day is hosted by the Riverside Estates Education & Upliftment Trust and consists of several events, culminating in the race day itself, which will take place on 11th February 2017 at Kenilworth racecourse in Cape Town.

The primary community upliftment activity of the Trust is currently the organising and hosting of the Horses for Causes charity race day.  The other main activity, over the past five years, has been providing bursaries and financial support to the children of employees in the hospitality industry. Attendees of the race day will be able to view the work of Masicorp and the other participating NGO’s. In particular, we will be featuring the excellent work undertaken in the Maths Lab at Ukhanyo School in Masiphumelele.

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Many of our volunteers and project staff will be present on the race day and would love to meet you. Attendence is free.

There are also a number of ways in which you can support the event and the participating NGO’s.

Horses for Causes 2017 takes place over 3 days, from 9th to 11th February 2017.

Day 1 Golf and ladies boule tournament at Mowbray Golf Course – 084 522 5223 or preventssa@gmail.com

Day 2  Evening concert at Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville  featuring Watershed and Blackbyrd – please book via Webtickets

Day 3 Saturday 11th February, the Horses for Causes Charity Race Day will be held at Kenilworth Racecourse. Celebrities, fashion and fine dining mixed with an opportunity to participate in raising funds for charity. It will be a day to remember with fun kids activities, live entertainment, an auction, and a marque where all the charities will showcase the wonderful work they do. All this whilst enjoying horse racic0rigqdwiaqqucxng on a summers day in beautiful Cape Town. What a wonderful way to spoil clients. The event can be supported by purchasing golf day four balls, entering the boule tournament, attending the Friday night concert or purchasing corporate hospitality tables.

Full details on the Horses for Causes website HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at the race day on February 11th.

Songezo Jim’s Cycling Academy

chasmay-8We recently met up with one of Masiphumelele’s most famous residents, professional cyclist, Songezo Jim. Songezo has established a cycling academy in Masiphumelele and we are pleased to be able to help out by providing space for his bicycles at our premises at Chasmay Road campus. A couple of years ago Songezo was lucky enough to have received a donation of fifteen bicycles from a Dutch organisation and that has kick started his academy. You may have seen him leading groups of Masiphumelele youths out on the roads of the peninsula during the summer weekends.

Songezo has had an interesting journey to where he is at the moment, and provides an excellent role model to the youngsters of his home town. He was born in Umtata, Eastern Cape, where he had dreams of being the next Lucas Radebe (former Bafana Bafana captain) rather than a professional cyclist. It was when he moved to Masiphumelele in 2005 that he first developed an interest in cycling after he watched the Cape Argus as the racers passed the township on the way back into Cape Town. He could not ride a bicycle at the time, but he joined the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy, a non-profit cw6zawexeaa8jzsorganisation that uses cycling to provide young people from disadvantaged communities with the opportunities they need to turn their lives around. A few years later and he was riding the Argus himself. He turned professional in 2013, moved up country to Johannesburg and went on to make history by being the first black South African to compete in a World Tour event. As a rider for MTN-Qhubeka (now Dimension Data) he finished the Vuelta a Espana in 2015.

Sadly he was later released by Dimension Data and finds himself ending 2016 without a team to ride for. The upside is that he has been able to return to Masi and focus on the development of his academy. With around 40 youngsters keen to participate he is having to take groups out in shifts using the 15 bicycles we currently have stored at the campus. While he is working on finding a new team to race his current need is for more bicycles, more helmets, and more spare parts. If you can help Songezo please contact him via facebook or twitter. Alternatively please visit his Back-a-Buddy campaign page to leave a donation.

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Elize Reaches the End of the Trail

Many blog readers will be aware of Masicorp volunteer Elize Taylor’s efforts to raise funds for sports facilities at Ukhanyo School by trail running this year. We are pleased to report that she has just completed her final event on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. After the challenges of the mountains in the Cape Winelands and the arid conditions of the Northern Cape / Namibia, this was a very different challenge. The Wild Coast provides sandy beaches and coastal forests, but also many rivers to wade and even swim through. Elize ran from 35 to 44 km per day to complete the 112 km trail in the three days. She has now completed her series of three trail runs for the year – although we have the mention she still found time to run the Cape Town Marathon in between these events!

Elize used Backabuddy to collect funds for Masicorp. The fund raising platform is used by many runners/swimmers/cyclists who can become a “champion” and raise funds for their preferred causes. Typically champions raise around R2000-5000. The final total raised by Elize was a hugely impressive R11,938.16, which will be gratefully received by Masicorp on behalf of the school.

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Her Backabuddy page is still open and further donations can be made if you missed the earlier opportunities. Many thanks to everyone that has donated so far and of course huge thanks to Elize herself, who we hope is now getting some much earned rest.

Maintaining the New Ukhanyo School Running Track

The new sports court and sprint track are up and running at Ukhanyo School. If you missed the video of the first set of sprints on the new surface you can catch up with the action HERE.

trackTo ensure that the surface is kept in perfect condition the suppliers informed the school that a high-powered blower or mechanical sweeper should be used to remove abrasive sand and grit from the surface. In the dusty environment of the school’s sports area such maintenance would help extend the useful life of the new surface. This is not something that the school (or Masicorp) had access to so we would like to extend a big thank you to Tool Hire and Sales Solutions (Sun Valley) MD Marc De Rooy who stepped in to provide a suitable machine. After visiting the site to check what was needed, they were able to provide a top notch Stihl BG56 hand held re-chargeable leaf blower, which Stihl and Tool Hire and Sales Solutions are sponsoring.  Marc has also kindly offered to give Melvin the school caretaker a lesson in how to operate it.

Carol Hanks and Penny Ramahloko from Masicorp called in yesterday to collect the new leaf blower. Penny is seen here collecting the equipment from Leigh Ann Burger, marketing director at Tool Hire and Sales Solutions. Our thanks to everyone at Tool Hire and Sales Solutions and Stihl for their generosity and help with making sports provision at Ukhanyo School possible.

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