Qhubeka Mechanic Training Given a Boost by IVECO
IVECO South Africa has donated two brand new Daily panel vans to Qhubeka, which will be used to help Qhubeka with bicycle mechanic training in the communities in which it operates.
Qhubeka Director Anthony Fitzhenry explains that for every 500 bicycles Qhubeka distributes into a community, it trains three bicycle mechanics. “This ensures that the community is able to properly maintain the Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles and gives the mechanics an opportunity to build a bicycle servicing and repair business, providing an income for them and their families,” he says. “These vans will help our trainer, Des, as he visits the communities to teach the bicycle mechanics. He can now take the bicycles, spares, tools and everything else he needs, in the vehicle with him in one go. Essentially, the Daily has become his mobile bicycle mechanic training centre.”
IVECO has previously donated two other vehicles, a Daily and a Stralis truck, to Qhubeka and its partner Wildlands Conservation Trust. “Qhubeka sincerely appreciates IVECO’s continued support and their assistance in helping us to mobilise more people with bicycles,” says Fitzhenry.
“By supporting Qhubeka, IVECO is not only delivering a product to transport a nation, but empowering the underprivileged to transport themselves, allowing them to pick the fruits of our young democracy,” says Christophe Longuet of IVECO.
Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”.
Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes people’s lives by increasing the distance they can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa.
World Bicycle Relief is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through The Power of Bicycles. Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has trained more than 1,100 field mechanics and provided more than 170,000 specially designed, locally assembled quality bicycles to disaster survivors, healthcare workers, students and entrepreneurs in the developing world.