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“Bhoni4Kasi” demystifies cycling’s elitist angle

"Bhoni4Kasi" demystifies cycling’s elitist angle

​​There is a cycling club in Soweto helping youngsters stay healthy and mentally sharp, and it’s known as Bhoni4Kasi, loosely translated as bicycles for the…

Thursday, Jun 02

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​​There is a cycling club in Soweto helping youngsters stay healthy and mentally sharp, and it’s known as Bhoni4Kasi, loosely translated as bicycles for the township.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) teaches youngsters in Soweto the basic techniques of cycling, including how to ride a bicycle while keeping safe on the road, hand signals to use when riding, the importance of wearing a helmet and minor bicycle mechanical stuff like changing a tube, patching, and pumping a tire. Based in Zola, Bhoni4Kasi was founded by professional bicycle mechanics, Bheki Mbhele and Lebogang Balala to instil a culture of cycling in Soweto’s Black communities.

"The main objective is to address societal ills that our communities struggle with daily, like socio-cultural issues, economic disempowerment, developmental issues, environmental health issues, and mental poverty," explains Calvin Mono, an assistant manager of the organisation.

He indicates that the NGO encourages township cyclists to discuss socioeconomic dynamics affecting their wellbeing.

"This will help them understand life, themselves, nature, and the community, as well as the importance of recognising the key components that are required for creating better change for everyone involved," says Mono.

Bhoni4Kasi was established in 2013 and has already had over 50 young people join its ranks and file. Mono says the organisation was started to demystify cycling’s elitist angle.

"We noticed that there weren’t many professional Black cyclists in the sport in general and decided to effect change no matter how small it would be, starting with our community," he explains.Since inception, Mono says Bhoni4Kasi has had a few […]

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