As part of the October Transport Month, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana will handover about 200 bicycles to pupils at Cala Reserve Village tomorrow morning.
The handover ceremony is part of the Shova Kalula National Bicycle Partnership Project which was launched in 2001 as a low-cost, clean, healthy and sustainable mobility alternative for short distance movement.
The project primarily targets learners from poor households in both rural and urban areas who walk longer distance to access schools while they do not qualify for the government Scholar Transport Programme. The bicycles will be handed over to learners from 5 schools around the Chris Hani District Municipality.
“We are committed to ensure that learners from across the province have access to quality education and we are tirelessly working towards achieving that goal,” said Tikana.
During the launch, MEC Tikana will also encourage parents and principals to ensure speedy processing of Scholar Transport applications in preparation for the 2018 academic year.