Cyclists up velocity with centre

2015-07-23 06:02

Velokhaya cyclists Ayanda Ganyaza, Anele Magadle and Wanga Moshani showed their skills during the event at the oval. 

Shaun Doch

Velokhaya cyclists Ayanda Ganyaza, Anele Magadle and Wanga Moshani showed their skills during the event at the oval. PHOTOs: Shaun Doch

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Having produced some amazing talent in the past and present, the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy has received a major boost with the construction of a state of the art ITC centre.

The Khayelitsha based academy is on record having produced township talents the likes of Luthando Kaka, a member of Team Bonitas, South Africa’s Top Cycling Team, BMX championship medallist Anita Zenani and Songezo Jim who is one of the members of the MTN Qhubeka team which won the 14th stage of the Tour de France this past weekend.

The centre, to be built from next month, has been donated by the MTN SA Foundation as a result of a two-way relationship with the company and the academy.

Judith Maluleke, MTN SA Foundation Corporate Social Investment manager, said the building is aimed at not only improving cycling but other aspects for the academy members who are aged between four and 40 years old.

“The new building will have a media centre where they would be able to do their homework.

There will also be an indoor gym and a bicycle repair centre, because the kind of bicycles they used are quite high end and they need proper maintenance,” said Maluleke.

She said that the donation was part of the foundation’s 67 minutes for Madiba and that they were passionate about developing the community.

“The academy has produced amazing cyclists who have gone on to create careers for themselves.

This is our way of making sure that many more can be discovered. Keeping in mind that many of the children in the area come from previously disadvantage backgrounds,” she said.

Sipho Mona, Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy general manager, said that they were excited about the use of the new facility.

“One of the awesome features of the facility is the indoor gym which means that our cyclist can train even when the weather is not so good.

It is a wonderful donation for us and it will definitely help us with the spotting and grooming young talents from our townships,” said Mona.

The academy boasts 105 young full-time members, including some adults, who use the facility for health purposes.

The academy was established 2003 as a not for profit organisation whose aim was to use cycling-based programmes to involve township youth in a positive, after-school activities.

“Our aim is to give children from disadvantaged communities the skills and opportunities they need to make a success of their lives. Our three main activities are road cycling, BMXing and Mountain biking which is gaining popularity among our cyclists,” said Mona

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