WHAT THEY DO Velokhaya is a non-profit organisation based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, that uses cycling-based programmes to involve township youth in a positive after-school activity, with a strong focus on education. ‘Velo’ is ‘cycling’ in French, and ‘khaya’ is ‘home’ in Xhosa.
WHY CYCLING? The academy believes in the aspirational team element of cycling, and that it also gives the youngsters a chance to experience more than just their immediate environment.
WHO DO THEY APPEAL TO? The programmes are aimed at young people, from school-going age up to their early 20s, and focus on BMX and road cycling.
HOW DO THEY SURVIVE? A combination of private and corporate donors has helped Velokhaya become a top-class facility.
BESIDES NIC DLAMINI, WHO ELSE HAS VELOKHAYA PRODUCED? Former pro rider Luthando Kaka is a Velokhaya graduate, and is still involved with the club; while Songezo Jim became the first black South African to compete in a Grand Tour, when he took part in the 2015 Vuelta a España.