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28

June

2018

YOUTH DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE GO!DURBAN CYCLE ACADEMY

Youth Run @ Inanda

The Inanda trail runners celebrated Youth Day through sports with a day of running! They competed in distances of 5km and 10km with stellar results.

The event was a partnership between Blaeque Amyoli Events and Inanda Quadi AC, and sponsored by the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation.

5km


Boys:

  • 3rd: Msizi Msomi

Girls:

  • 1st : Sisanda Skhakhane
  • 2nd : Lusanda Luthuli
  • 3rd : Asanda Ngubane
  • 4th : Thobeka Khuzwayo

10km


The ladies dominated again in the 10km, taking all three podium spots:

  • 1st : Sphumelele Gumede
  • 2nd : Mandisa Mkhunya
  • 3rd : Nokbonga Zungu

Boys:

  • 1st : Mbuleli Mathanga
  • 3rd : Nkosinathi Mndaba

“On your marks,…” – our runners get set to get going!

On Sunday, the Youth Day celebrations continued with the Qaphe Eqolo Road Race where our own Mbuleli Mathanga placed 4th overall in the competitive 21km (half marathon).

The juniors also put on yet another impressive performance with podium finishes for the boys and girls in the 5km and 10km.

10km


  • Male Juniors: Nkosinathi Mndaba 2nd place
  • Female Juniors: Asanda Ngubane 3rd place

5km


  • Males: Musawenkosi Zungu 1st place
  • Females: Lusanda Luthuli 1st place; Asanda Ngubane 2nd place

Our very own Mbuleli Mathanga (centre) placed in an impressive 4th overall in the competitive 21km (half marathon).

EThekwini Skateboarding Club (ESC) puts kids on track to a brighter future

The ESC held their first official event at the GODurban Cycle Academy pump track at KwaDabeka on June 16. Founded in May 2017, the organisation aims to engage with and inspire township kids to reach their potential skills through skateboarding.

With 15 kids aged between 7 – 17 years in the programme, they first started training on a public road, but thanks to the partnership with the GO!Durban Cycle Academy they are now able to skate safely on the pump track on Sunday and Monday afternoons.

“We are excited for this partnership with the eThekwini Skateboarding Club which enables us to reach more kids with the positive impact of sport. We are proud to see multi-sport use of the pump track in the KwaDabeka community, says Shaun Peschl, Sports Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

“Having an event has significantly boosted the confidence of our kids,” says Musa, the founder of the organisation. “Thanks to Durban Green Corridors and GO!Durban for giving us a place we can call home; we appreciate their help in hosting our event!”.

The winners for the day were:

  • 1st place : Lindokuhle Mlitwa
  • 2nd place : Malusi Nzama
  • 3rd place : Ngcina Zuma
  • 4th place : Shaka Ngcongo

“By helping these youngsters we are trying to bring hope to the community and keep the kids away from the streets. By doing so we believe their future will look brighter for them,” concludes Musa.


4

April

2018

Economic advancement through GO!Durban – Ella Zulu, Director – QEDA

Ellah’s story is truly a inspiring one. At 58, she is the director of her own construction company: QEDA. At 17 Ellah suffered a tragic spinal injury that left her wheelchair-bound. Determined to rise above her disability, she obtained a Diploma in a Business Administration and founded QEDA in 2006. Since then, she has been involved n several construction projects within her community.

Through GO!Durban project QEDA was awarded a small storm water sub-contract. Impressed by her commitment and tenacity Phayindani Joint Venture, the main contractor on a section of the C3, provided Ellah with further mentorship. Soon after, management decided to include her in a formal programme. This afforded Ellah the opportunity to win another sub-contract. This time for a portion of the sidewalks. QEDA has since grown from strength to strength, with the continued support of the Joint Venture management team.

When asked about the challenges she faces, Ellah spoke of the judgement she faced from her male counterparts. Far from discouraging her, their negativity fueled her determination.

“It was really tough for me but I was determined to grow my business. I felt supported and well mentored by the Joint Venture. My staff made me really proud, and we delivered! I am so pleased to have experienced this as it has given me an opportunity to develop my small business.”

Fortunately, after the success of her projects, she was able to buy a Bantam bakkie making her more mobile. When she began the contract QEDA’s industry grading was at level 1. Since then, QEDA has attained a level 3 grading, enabling her to take on bigger contracts.


15

March

2018

GO!Durban Cycle Academy to host qualifier for Pump Track World Championship

The 5thleg of the inaugural Red Bull Pump Track World Championship series is set to take place in Durban, KwaZulu Natal on Saturday, 28 April 2018. The South African qualifier round will be hosted by the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Durban Green Corridors at the KwaDabeka bike park, where they have recently built the first Velosolutions pump track in the province.

The circuit is designed to be “ridden” without the need for pedalling as riders create momentum around the track with their up and down “pumping” body movements.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Velosolutions and Claudio Caluori to bring this exciting event to Durban and we are proud to be the South African representatives in the global series. The aim of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy is to inspire and motivate the youth through sport. Together with Durban Green Corridors, we are transforming previously disregarded or unusable areas into clean, accessible and safe spaces for the youth to engage in active learning through our youth development programme which includes sports, education, and life skills components,” says Thami Manyathi, Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority.

“When we first heard about Claudio Caluori’s concept for an international Pump Track series, we immediately knew that our sites would be the ideal place to build a track as we already had the space and basic infrastructure available. By bringing the track and the qualifying event to Durban, we hope to encourage more community participation in cycling and to further promote a lifestyle of active mobility amongst all ages,” says Shaun Peschl, Sports Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

With athletes coming from across the country to participate in the hopes of winning the coveted first prize including a trip to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Finals, it is sure to be a day of fast-paced, nail-biting competition.  The racing line-up will also include riders and coaches from the GO!Durban Cycle Academy who are eager to display their skills on home-ground.

“It is important for us to not only host such events, but also to give our riders the opportunity to participate at an international level. We have no doubt that they will be competitive on the day and will make us proud.” Peschl concludes. Entertainment will be on offer for spectators including a food and drinks garden, and the racing will be followed by a line-up of hot local DJ’s on the Red Bull stage.

For more information and regular updates visit the GO!Durban Website or Facebook Page.