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OVER the past three years, Volk­swa­gen, in part­ner­ship with Qhubeka, have do­nated al­most 3 000 Blue Bikes to chil­dren across South Africa.

VW said with 11 mil­lion of SA’s 17 mil­lion school chil­dren still walk­ing to school, tak­ing some of them up to four hours a day to travel to and from school, the need for trans­port is pal­pa­ble.

Qhubeka (which means to “progress” or “move for­ward”) said it trans­forms hope in ru­ral ar­eas into re­al­ity with the sim­ple gift of a blue bi­cy­cle that can cut pupils’ travel time by half a day, giv­ing them time.

Volk­swa­gen said in a state­ment less time spent trav­el­ling to school means more time to learn, more time to play and more time with fam­ily.

Volk­swa­gen and Qhubeka have com­mit­ted once more to help mo­bilise the youth for a bet­ter fu­ture and have com­mit­ted to dis­tribut­ing a to­tal of 1 100 bi­cy­cles in 2017.

“Volk­swa­gen’s vi­sion is to pro­vide sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity for Africa by way of Ger­man en­gi­neer­ing and this pro­gramme fits in with that philosophy and shows our hu­man side,” said Thomas Schae­fer, chair­per­son and man­ag­ing direc­tor of Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa. — WR.


A pupil cy­cles on a Qhubeka bi­cy­cle spon­sored by Volk­swa­gen South Africa.

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