Qhubeka is a global charity that moves people forward with bicycles in Africa.
People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics
and jobs. A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, to generate
income and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can
change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level –
helping people to get where they need to go.


Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”.
Bicycles help people move forward. With a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further,
and carry more. Bicycles help people to change their lives. They are an accessible,
reliable, affordable form of personal transport.

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A SHIFT is a Qhubeka bicycle project that aims to distribute

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bicycles per year

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into a specific

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with the aim of helping to SHIFT the entire community forward.

We measure the success of our programmes by their sustained impact over a decade.
If we return to an area after 10 years, our hope is that we will find fresh
Qhubeka bicycle tracks on the ground.


Qhubeka Charity is a Non-Profit Company registered in South Africa and incorporated for public benefit. Qhubeka Charity is
a Company Not For Gain Incorporated under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act (Act 61 1973).