The new Velokhaya Cycling Centre opens.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy with the support of the MTN SA Foundation opened their state-of-the-art ICT and Life Skills Centre today. The centre was officially opened by the Hon. Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu (MP), the Deputy Minister of Social Development.

The centre boasts a gym with spinning bikes, reception area, library, workshop for bike maintenance, change rooms and a state-of-the-art computer room (see photos below).

We would like to thank the many dignitaries, supporters of Velokhaya, members of the local community as well as the young kids (who will benefit immensely from this wonderful facility) for attending today’s historic handing-over ceremony.

See the MTN Foundation press release below the photos….

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MTN press release

MTN SA Foundation opens ICT & Life Skills Centre in Khayelitsha

December 14, 2015

MTN SA Foundation has today opened the new state-of-the-art ICT and life skills centre at the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha.

The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy boasts state of the art equipment including modern workstations, a multi-functional printer, desk-top computers linked to the internet through wireless (Wi-Fi) with subsidised connectivity. The equipment will provide all learners and users with access to educational content and learning materials.
The academy promotes education, transformation & the development of safe cycling in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. MTN SA Foundation and the Academy aim to uplift the surrounding communities by leveraging on the advantages of ICT in education.
The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy goes to great lengths to encourage young children and the youth to focus on academic achievement by making ICT resources accessible to them and thereby enhancing their learning.
The addition of the ICT and Life Skills Centre will greatly enhance the education and development of young cyclists in Khayelitsha, Langa, as well as surrounding townships and informal settlement areas of Cape Town.
“The academy has produced amazing cyclists who have gone on to create careers for themselves. Our involvement in the reconstruction of the centre is our way of making sure that many more cyclists can be discovered, keeping in mind that many of the children in the area come from previously disadvantage backgrounds,” said Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager for MTN SA Foundation.
“Initiatives such as Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy supports our strategic intent of creating sustainable value for our stakeholders as good corporate citizenship is key especially in communities that we operate in,” she said.
In July MTN and its partners upgraded the existing structure of the centre by cleaning up the surrounding area and preparing the BMX racing track for the upcoming season – allowing Velokhaya’s aspiring cyclists to showcase their skills. The refurbished clubhouse was painted and a celebratory braai was held with members, dignitaries, guests and other sponsors for a good day’s work done. This spirit of celebration and sharing will definitely continue at the opening.