Bicycling (South Africa) - - Prologue -

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.

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