Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”.

Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress 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.

Download the Qhubeka Overview PDF.

Fast Facts

  • More than 46 000 bikes have been distributed by Qhubeka since 2005
  • A child’s commute time to school is reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle
  • A bicycle increases a person’s carrying capacity by five times
  • Healthcare workers can visit more than double the amount of patients per day with a bicycle
  • Marks improve by an average of 25% for children who ride a bicycle to school
  • Schools where children ride bicycles see attendance rates rise by 18% on average

Transportation is a fundamental element of development

Most of Africa’s rural population has no access to transport and people have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services. Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility.

Walking to school is good exercise as long as the distance is reasonable. An average person can walk 2km to 3km in half an hour.According to information released by Statistics South Africa in July 2014, eight million children in Grade 0 to Grade  12 walk all the way to school.Two million South African children walk for over 30 minutes to get to school. In other words they walk more than 6km just going to and from school each day. Half a million South African children walk for more than an hour to school, which means every day they may be walking more than 12km to school and back. The percentage of children walking more than an hour to school and back each day increased by 0,7% between 2003 and 2013. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem.

Volunteers and Partners

Qhubeka is a volunteer organisation. Qhubeka is governed by a board of directors who are executives mainly from a commercial background and who give of their time without financial consideration.

Technical input into design and component sourcing is provided by the technical expertise of World Bicycle Relief.

How is Qhubeka funded?

  • Bike sales
  • Corporate Social Development funds
  • Corporate Sponsors & Donors
  • Consulting
  • Events
  • Fundraisers
  • Individual Donors
  • Merchandise sales
  • Sports Team endorsement

Qhubeka Policies

Download our Child Protection Policy.

World Bicycle Relief

Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief provides Qhubeka product development expertise, supply chain logistics, operational and program design.

World Bicycle Relief is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through The Power of Bicycles. Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has trained more than 800 field mechanics and provided more than 125 000 specially designed, locally assembled quality bicycles to disaster survivors, healthcare workers, students and entrepreneurs in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org.