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Mihlali Matiso, a cyclist from Velokhaya Cycling Academy during the launch of a mentorship programme.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Mihlali Matiso, a cyclist from Velokhaya Cycling Academy during the launch of a mentorship programme.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy took cycling and the life of cyclists to new heights last week on Thursday when it launched a video mentorship programme.

The initiative is meant to offer educational support to members of the academy, with the online video programme being supported by Pick n Pay, in partnership with Infinite Family.

It is hoped that the initiative will provide sports, education, career preparation, technology literacy, communication and life skills.

Infinite Family founder Amy Stokes said the programme is a new resource for the academy. She said it is going to connect members with experienced adults and offer them a window into the world.

Stokes said she hoped the initiative would help members to succeed at school and in life by offering them important life skills. I would also open doors to the lucrative technology market.

“It will also help them develop the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty, dependence on other and violence,” she said.

The academy’s General Manager Sipho Mona described the programme as very important. He said it is going to create change for the entire community. ­He said the skills acquired from the academy would allow the riders to broaden their horizons.

“They will not only have mentors in South Africa, but across the world,” he said.

Director of transformation for Pick n Pay Suzzane Ackerman-Berman said throughout their years of working with the academy they had seen many milestones.

She said the reality is that not all the members will become professional cyclists. She said that the programme would not only equip them to graduate from high school, but would also allow them to qualify and advance studies. It would also give them more life opportunities.


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