At BMT we have strong relationships with various community development organisations. We support Qhubeka and Vision Afrika school in Kayamandi and recently placed 50 Qhubeka bikes into Vision Afrika.
Qhubeka and BMT’s partnership continues to grow and our plan is to expand this program to more schools in the greater Stellenbosch area. Our community coach is Abongile Rastar ensuring that these children are taught basic bike maintenance, road safety and most importantly how to have fun. Thando Nthuthu heads up the BMT Fairtree Acadamy. BMT is committed to social development and community support by pushing educational and riding opportunities for those that have never had this luxury.
Qhubeka is Nguni for “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”.
Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa – a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 250,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need.
Qhubeka helps people by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
The BMT Fairtree Academy is a local initiative started by BMT, together with the sponsor team of Fairtree Capital (kit and race entries) , Stillwater Sports (race entries) , TREK (bicycles) and Essentail Med (mediacal aid coverage). The academy numbers roughly 20 with a few member been selected and nurtured as potential stars of the future race circuit. Thando Nthuthu heads up the BMT Fairtree Academy. This academy’s aim is to grow local riders, ensure that they have the opportunity to ride in events and develop skills.
BMT is committed to social development and community support by pushing educational and riding opportunities for those that have never had this luxury. As support for this development, we currently have 3 teams preparing to tackle the Cape Epic in March 2017. One of these teams is kindly being sponsored by Dimension Data. The academy trains daily in and around Stellenbosch so keep your eyes peeled out for them.
Main academy members include Chris Norton (Shop owner and waterboy), Thando Nthuthu (Team captain), Unathi Msophi (Manager) and and Azukile Simayile (Coach).
We at BMT want to acknowledge the continual generosity we receive from our local partners and sponsors.
Their kindness and support helps us in our community projects in and around Stellenbosch, that without them would not be possible at all.