Word of caution for innovative young man

2017-05-18 06:00

I WAS so impressed to read the story of a young man by the name of Nkosana Madi living in a rural area outside the city of gold who owned a bicycle that was manufactured one step after the famous penny farthing bicycle.

Because his bike was forever breaking down he was persuaded by his father to invent a motorised bicycle because he had a vast distance to ride to work. So he put his brain into gear and managed to obtain a motor from a generous dealer, and with some remarkable adjustments to his bike and some welding of brackets he manufactured an inexpensive hybrid motorised bicycle.

With some assistance from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other companies, Madi has now decided to mass manufacture these motorised bicycles to assist his community to travel to work and home much quicker.

Now comes the crunch. In the fifties, a company introduced a motorised bicycle with a small petrol-driven motor that was mounted above the front wheel and could be lowered onto the front tyre to assist the rider when travelling uphill or even on a flat road.

It was every young boy’s dream to own one of these bicycles, until the then Natal Motor Traffic Bureau stepped in and said “you are now riding a motor bike”. “Did you got a licence?” That put an end to those motorised bikes and as far as I know, the status quo remains.

Madi, please make sure your buyers are familiar with the Road Traffic Act before riding off into the city, and do find out from the local taxi association how it feels about the community not supporting it anymore.

L. CORBITT

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