Gauteng schools start getting bicycles

2012-08-24 18:01

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Johannesburg - Schools in Gauteng have begun receiving bicycles from the department of transport's Shova Kalula project, the provincial education department said on Friday.

Beeld newspaper reported on Friday - with an accompanying photo - that hundreds of brand-new bicycles for this project have been locked at a storage facility in Midvaal in Gauteng.

Provincial education spokesperson Charles Phahlane told Sapa that some schools started receiving the bicycles on Thursday.

The project, which began as a pilot in 2001, intended to roll out 260 000 bicycles by the end of the 2009/2010 financial year, according to a document on the transport department's website.

The aim of the Shova Kalula project was to provide transport to people in rural areas to improve access to education.

Phahlane said schools had prepared for the roll out of the project by assessing pupils' ability to ride bicycles, and teaching them road signs and road safety.

When the pupils were deemed ready to safely ride a bicycle, they were issued with a certificate to this effect.

The Beeld reported on Friday that the project aimed to deliver a million bicycles by last year.

The owner of a farm school near Vereeniging told the paper, on condition of anonymity, that hundreds of bicycles for the project had been locked in a warehouse in Midvaal for more than a year.

A photograph accompanying the story shows rows and rows of brand new bicycles, still wrapped in plastic, crammed into the storage facility.

The department of transport could not immediately be reached for comment and the number of bicycles distributed to schools since Thursday could not be confirmed.
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