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africa

Qhubeka

2y ago
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Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means "to carry on", "to progress", "to move forward" Qhubeka projects aim to help rural communities move forward and progress by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community. Team MTN-Qhubeka is Africa's most winning and largest multi-discipline pro cycle race team. The talented athletes in Team MTN race to build exposure for Qhubeka's rural initiatives and ride to inspire potential new athletes within the community of Qhubeka bike recipients. Most of Africa's rural population have no access to transport and people have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services. Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility. In South Africa, of the 16 million school going children, 12 million walk to school. Of these, 500,000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem.