IVECO has donated two brand new Daily panel vans to Qhubeka, which will be used to help Qhubeka with bicycle mechanic training in the communities in which it operates.
Qhubeka Director Anthony Fitzhenry explains that for every 500 bicycles Qhubeka distributes into a community, it trains three bicycle mechanics. “This ensures that the community is able to properly maintain the Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles and gives the mechanics an opportunity to build a bicycle servicing and repair business, providing an income for them and their families,” he says. “These vans will help our trainer, Des, as he visits the communities to teach the bicycle mechanics. He can now take the bicycles, spares, tools and everything else he needs, in the vehicle with him in one go. Essentially, the Daily has become his mobile bicycle mechanic training centre.”
IVECO has previously donated two other vehicles, a Daily and a Stralis truck, to Qhubeka and its partner Wildlands Conservation Trust. “Qhubeka sincerely appreciates IVECO’s continued support and their assistance in helping us to mobilise more people with bicycles,” says Fitzhenry.
“By supporting Qhubeka, IVECO is not only delivering a product to transport a nation, but empowering the underprivileged to transport themselves, allowing them to pick the fruits of our young democracy,” says Christophe Longuet of IVECO.