Gogo earns herself a shiny new red bike

2014-03-10 00:00

BY helping to clean up her community, 82-year-old Nyakallo Allinah Khambule from kwaPata in Msunduzi earned herself a shiny new red bicycle last week.

Another 76 “Waste-preneurs” like her in KwaZulu-Natal are now pedalling their way to school and work after they took delivery of their Coca-Cola bicycles earlier this month.

The opportunity for these and hundreds more like them in the Msunduzi and uMngeni municipalities is the result of an innovative partnership between Coca-Cola, Qhubeka and Wildlands Conservation Trust, which was announced at the Gary Player Invitational.

The South African Gary Player Invitational (GPI), presented by Coca-Cola, has chosen Wildlands Conservation Trust as one of their beneficiaries for the past few years.

Wildlands has developed a network of “Green-preneurs” across four provinces in South Africa, running a number of projects like the Waste-preneurs initiative that Khambule and many others have benefited from. With Waste-preneurs, community members are given incentives to collect and barter waste for livelihood support items, and the Coca-Cola bicycle barter for plastic and PET bottles has resulted in over one million plastic bottles being collected over this past year by 1 000 Waste-preneurs, said Wildlands CEO Dr Andrew Venter. An average of 4 000 two-litre PET bottles earns a participant a bicycle.

As a form of transport, the bicycles will help reduce travel time for the beneficiaries and enable them to remain actively involved in a form of physical activity while reducing their community’s carbon footprint.

Khambule said she would sell her bike and get money to buy food for her grandchildren.

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