Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has handed over 249 Shova Kalula bicycles to learners from six schools in De Aar in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
The bicycles were distributed on Monday through the Department of Transport’s initiative, Shova Kalula bicycle programme, aimed at assisting learners who walk more than three kilometres — but less than five kilometres — to school daily.
Learners who walk more than five kilometres to school qualify for State subsidised scholar transport.
The Department of Transport has distributed over 100 000 bicycles to learners throughout South Africa since the inception of the programme in 2001.
In the next three years, the department aims to distribute 24 000 bicycles countrywide.
Government leaders also distributed school uniforms to learners and handed over learner licences to Grade 11 and Grade 12 youngsters, who took part in the department’s learner licence programme.
Premier @zsaul1, Lt General Shivuri of @Saps joined Minister @MbalulaFikile and a group of leaners on a bike ride to Veritas High School from Nonzwakazi Hall. #ShovaKalula @DoTransport @SANRAL_za @NCape_Education @_ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/0JAtFEnUtt
— Northern Cape Provincial Government (@NCProvGov) February 24, 2020