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KwaDabeka Cycle Academy’s new mural inspires youth

The GO!Durban Cycle Academy in KwaDabeka has been revamped with a piece of art thanks to a coach with many talents.

Academy bike coach Ayanda Cele put his skills to the test and painted a wall mural on the classroom wall used for school homework tutorials by young bikers. Cele said he started studying Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology but did not complete his studies due to personal circumstances.

“When an opportunity arose to decorate the class, I took it. It also put me to the test personally because I have not done art in a long time. Once I received the brief, I explored my creativity as an artist and when the mural turned out so well, I gave myself a pat on the back,” he said.

The mural is inspired by the environment in the Academy and its surroundings. This includes the pump track, Dumisani Makhaye Bridge, uMgeni River and the mountains and lush fields.

“Management were impressed with my work and there is a possibility of painting murals in classrooms at the three other cycle academies. I enjoy being part of the Academy as there is a holistic programme on site for kids, focusing on their development and wellness as a whole,” he said.

The Academy was launched in 2016 as a joint initiative between eThekwini Transport Authority and Green Corridors.

In addition to youth and sports development, the GO!Durban Cycle Academy bike parks protect and  maintain valuable green spaces throughout the metropole – a further testament to the efforts of all partners involved to achieve a more sustainable and liveable City in line with the National Development Plan 2030 vision.

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