It was a grey, cloudy day in Secunda, Mpumalanga, on 21 November, but spirits were high among the community members as they gathered for the handover of 75 Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles.
Through the Qhubeka Eco programme, implemented by Wildlands Conservation Trust, the bicycle recipients each earned a bicycle by growing 100 indigenous trees to a height of 50cm. The implementation costs involved in setting up the project were funded by Fluor Corporation, professional services company providing engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance, as well as project management services on a global basis.
Representatives from Fluor had the chance to meet the bicycle recipients and see their smiles as they explained the difference having a bicycle would make in their lives.
Joseph (pictured below) planted 120 trees to earn his bicycle. He said he enjoyed growing the trees and it gave him a reason to get up in the morning. When asked how he plans to use his bicycle, he replied: “Now I’m an old man so I have to keep exercising. I will use it stay fit and healthy.”
Elsie was looking after her granddaughter at the time of the handover. She says she is excited about having a bicycle as it means she won’t need to push a wheelbarrow anymore. Instead she can load her goods on her bicycle, which is built to carry up to 250kg, with 100kg on the carrier rack. She also plans to let her grandson ride it.
Andries grew 100 trees and plans to use his bicycle to cycle around the location and visit his friends.
Lisbeth took a full year to grow all the trees. She plans to use her new bicycle to assist her in her recycling business. She will be able to fetch and carry more waste with her bicycle.
Here’s the difference that has been made in this community through the handover of the 75 Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles:
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