Transport dept donates bikes to schools

2012-03-29 16:11

Johannesburg - A total of 769 bicycles have been given to schools in the Thembisile Hani Municipality for use by pupils, the Mpumalanga transport department said on Thursday.

"It is very sad that a learner travels more than 3km to school and on arrival you find that the learners are tired and cannot focus in class," Transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu said.

"As government, we want to put an end to this suffering. We want you to arrive in school ready to study."

Mahlangu was addressing about 700 schoolchildren at the donation ceremony on Wednesday, her department said in a statement.

The bicycles were donated as part of the government's initiative to ensure that pupils arrived at school on time.

Mahlangu told the children and their parents that the bicycles were school property and not for personal use. She said when a child was no longer a pupil at the school, the bicycle would have to remain there.

"The bicycles are not meant for pleasure. We do not want to see learners racing with the bicycles after school hours," Mahlangu said.

"Parents must not use the bicycles as their transport mode and find that the learner is now walking to school again," she said.

The department also donated four animal-drawn carts to the community to transport water and wood. This was part of a nationwide project to address mobility within rural areas.

  • Marion - 2012-03-29 16:17

    Good job. Just ensure that the kids all know and apply the rules of the road too.

      Clifford - 2012-03-29 17:16

      Are you for real....Go knit a jersey or something..

      Tanie - 2012-03-29 18:40

      Marion I'm single my skaat.I think I may be the only cure to your boredom.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:22

      @Oom kriel, nice one lol

  • Morne - 2012-03-29 16:28


  • Gerald - 2012-03-29 16:31

    If you used prisoners to build these bicycles, instead of letting them sit around all day you could have given every child and people from poorer neighbourhoods bicycles by now. Imagine how many houses you could have build if you had prisoners manufacturing bricks!

      Kala - 2012-03-29 16:39

      I agree Gerald. If they are to pay back their debt to society lets get out moneys worth.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-29 18:18

      Can you imagine the chaos on the roads if every child had a bike - wait, I forgot, every man has a taxi, already chaos.

      Irene - 2012-03-29 19:14

      Prisoners should be used for drug companies to conduct their experiments on. Save the animals and rather use them. Who cares about side effects or permanent damage done to these thugs.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:23

      @Squeegee, u always make me laugh. U r a joke LOL

  • Kala - 2012-03-29 16:40

    A fantastic gesture by the government. One has to wonder how long these bicyles will be around though before they are stolen or sold by hungry kids in order to buy food.

  • faerrab - 2012-03-29 17:01

    Why don?t people of other races also benefit ?

      Squeegee - 2012-03-29 18:20

      This is about children not race.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:27

      @faerrab, are u sure u commenting on the right article?

  • Michael - 2012-03-29 17:36

    Amazing long - term plans!

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 18:20

    If they revisit the school in 6 months, and all the bicycles are accounted for and the children's marks have improved, I will congratulate - until then, I will reserve judgement. Suffice to say it is a good idea - the question is, is it workable?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:29

      Surely it is, fact is kids will not walk for 3km to school. is that difficult to concieve?

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-03-29 19:01

    government must take these kids and put them in private schools owned by whites for free. Private schools where built with apartheid government funds...lets all start benefiting from democracy...bicycles r nonsense...these kids might neva knw wat else is out there if they remain in those rural areas with cows.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:30

      Hay your idea my brother, no comment.

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