Students cycle for bursaries

2019-03-05 06:00
The cycling team, from left are Tony Pumlani Gozongo, Peter Kraan, Mkhonto Mafanya, Simiso Manatha, Thabo Mshwamo, Andrew Selondo, Justin Alexander, Nkosinathi Nomngqokwana and Bonga Kunene.

The cycling team, from left are Tony Pumlani Gozongo, Peter Kraan, Mkhonto Mafanya, Simiso Manatha, Thabo Mshwamo, Andrew Selondo, Justin Alexander, Nkosinathi Nomngqokwana and Bonga Kunene.

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A group of 30 students from Tsiba Business School in Pinelands will be participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March to raise funds for bursaries.

The annual Cycle Tour will be starting from the Grand Parade in Town and the students are embarking on Tsiba’s #CycleForChange initiative. The campaign is aimed at raising scholarship funds for the less privileged learners. The students are hoping to raise R55 650 and are appealing for support from the community.

Team captain Pumlani Gozongo says: “Since 2016 the Tsiba cycling team has raised half a million rand, which is the equivalent of nine scholarships. This allowed three of our students to graduate with a business degree.

“We give others an opportunity to better themselves and take control of their own future by pursuing their education. By doing this we instil a culture of giving back or paying it forward as we call it here at Tsiba.”

He says beneficiaries are people who want to study and have potential to become business leaders and to make a positive social and economic impact from all walks of life, preferable from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Another student Mkhonto Mafanya has been part of the team since its formation in 2016. He will be participating in the tour for the second time.

Mafanya says he feels duty bound to make someone else’s life a bit easier. “I too got a wonderful opportunity to study here at Tsiba, so being part of an initiative to do the same for someone else, gives me great pleasure,” says Mafanya.

Despite aiming to make a difference students say cycling is among other sport codes with enormous health benefits and very convenient as they ride their bicycles from and to school on a daily basis.

“It unlocks creativity, clears the mind, helps with stress of modern living, helps you focus better and most of all makes one more disciplined in daily life as to how you approach and do things,” explains Rizqah Nordien also a cyclist.

V Use the following link to support their cause https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/groups/cycling-for-change-2019.

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