Gauteng schools start getting bicycles

2012-08-24 18:01

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.

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 18:40

    lets see how long this will last

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-24 19:26

      Check who got the contract to supply 1 million bicycles and who at the department got the kickback...

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-08-24 18:44

    Scrap metal dealers are licking their lips. R50 a bike on gumtree

      naas.scholtz - 2012-08-25 09:11

      LOL! :) I hope you are wrong!

  • jill.devilliers.92 - 2012-08-24 19:16

    THey'll get run over by the indigent taxis!

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-08-24 19:35

    Scrap dealers will be flooded with bicycles!

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-24 20:27

    This makes alot of sense, scholars don't get books but they do get bicycles? Just more wastefull expenditure of the law abiding tax paying minority's money.

      naas.scholtz - 2012-08-25 09:13

      LMGA! LOL! You guys are so funny! :) Ek lag my gat af....

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-08-25 06:31

    Made in China ! Comm. already paid.

  • eric.west.984 - 2012-08-25 07:30

    Cash Crusaders will be selling most of these, soon. ;)

  • naas.scholtz - 2012-08-25 09:10

    Wonderful! People in Holland and Germany, from 10 to 90 years old, use bicycles for transport. Kids at 10 go for a compulsory bicycle riding course at age 10, gets certified and then are allowed to cycle unsupervised to school or wherever. Younger ones may use roads but always under supervision. And it works! Good one RSA! Get this working! But please also teach them to fix punctures or just fit permatubes from day one, otherwise the bikes will run for a week or two, then be sold for drinking money....

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-25 09:34

    What a wonderful idea. I see there is a basket carrier to hold the non-existent text books. I'll say one thing for this government, they have some very good ideas, it's just a grave pity they don't know how to make them work - and that it costs so much to implement them.

  • deboer.boer.9 - 2012-08-27 07:48

    Yes and who got the tender and how did they get it to deliver this bikes? Probably another big corruption scam from one of the department's crony chommys.

  • desmond.webster - 2012-08-30 15:03

    Sell the bikes, and give them books!

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