The history of songo.info

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Christoph, a Swiss national, has been coming to South Africa regularly since 1997 so much so that he has come to call Stellenbosch his second home! He has developed a deep bond with the country and when he fortuitously met Songo Fipaza in 2008, he recognised the opportunity to connect his global network to the man who was working so hard and tirelessly in Kayamandi, to help make his children’s dreams possible.

2008

  • songo.info was born
  • Christoph & Burry Stander race Epic together for the first time to raise money to build the BMX track.
  • BMX track was completed and first group of kids joined the programme.

2009

  • MTB was introduced to the songo.info programme
  • Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander race the Cape Epic together as team songo-specialized to promote Cycling 4 Kayamandi.

2010

  • songo.info registered as an Independent trust
  • The riding programme continues to grow with more bikes and equipment being donated to allow more children to learn to cycle.  

2011

  • 36One-songo-Specialized Christoph & Burry win the Absa Cape Epic.
  • The first two teams of songo riders compete in and finish the Absa Cape Epic.

2012

  • The first Champions Race was held with the worlds best mountain bikers racing through the streets of Kayamandi in support of songo.info
  • Renovations of the derelict clubhouse started.
  • Songo rider wins WP Spur Schools League
  • 36One-songo-Specialized (Christoph Sauser & Burry Stander) win the Absa Cape Epic
  • Songo riders Sipho and Azu win the first Exarro Jersey at the Absa Cape Epic and later that year represent SA at World Duathlon Champs
  • Donation of vehicle & trailer

2013

  • Official opening of the Clubhouse
  • Christoph Sauser & Jaroslav Kulhavy race and win Cape Epic in honour of friend and trustee Burry Stander.
  • songo rider Theo represents SA at World DH Champs
  • Christmas party outing to Zipzap circus & the Cheetah outreach programme

2014

  • educational programme introduced
  • songo.info riders Sipho & Azu win Exxaro Development Category & top 50 finish at Cape Epic
  • Songo rider represents SA at XCM World Champs
  • BMX riders attend all 3 BMX National events
  • Christmas party outing to Boulders Beach

2015

  • Investec Asset Management pledges 4 year support of songo.info
  • Investec-songo-Specialized (Christoph Sauser l& Jaroslav Kulhavy) win Cape Epic
  • Introduce girls specific programme
  • Tertiary study support
  • Songo rider represent SA at African XCO Champs and World Cup XCO
  • Songo riders represent WP at DH SA Cup and ATU Duathlon African Cup
  • Christmas party outing up Table Mountain and to Sea Point Pool.

2016

  • Major Clubhouse & facilities upgrade
  • Songo rider represents SA at ITU World Duathlon Champs in Spain, finishing 12th
  • Songo rider Sipho races Cape Epic with Christoph Sauser and represents SA at African Continental XCO and World Champs in Czech Republic
  • Computer room opened and Reading Eggs launched
  • Team building weekend camp

2017

  • Single track build
  • Introduction of the school holiday programme
  • Songo riders awarded SA number boards at BMX SA Nationals
  • Pump track build
  • Young adults “give-back” programme

2018

  • Investec-songo-Specialized teams race to win men’s & ladies jerseys at Cape Epic
  • Songo riders attend BMX National series
  • BMX track reconstruction
  • Lunch programme started