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A new partnership takes flight!

05 Feb 2016

As an organisation, we are extremely lucky to be surrounded by the immensely supportive and generous individuals and organisations. This support we receive allows us to provide not only sporting opportunities such as BMX and mountain biking but also provide the children in our program with educational support.

 All those who have the privileged and opportunity to ride a bike know, that it is essential for your bike to be in good working order not only as a safety precaution but also as it directly affects the enjoyment levels.

 The young man tasked with the responsibility of keeping our bikes in tip top condition is Sivuyile Kepelele (affectionately known to us as Svig) who started out as a young rider in our program back in 2008. 

 As Christoph Sauser recounts: “Svig has been in our program from the very first year. He quickly became one of our best riders through his dedication and love for the sport having competed in many MTB races including the Absa Cape Epic and several other long stage races. With his passion for riding having been developed, his passion for the bike and equipment grew as well as the desire to share the joy of riding through teaching. Svig has the very important role of bike mechanic and support coach working in the BMX program together with Darryn Stow. Svig is a quiet worker we all greatly appreciate!”

                                              Svig & the BMX team at Nationals.

                                                           Svig (right) with the BMX team at Nationals.

As one can imagine, our bikes take a great deal of hammering being ridden daily by a number of boisterous kids. It is with this in mind that we are extremely proud and excited to share the news that Torq Zone Academy has offered their support in providing the opportunity to attend the world class and accredited Cytech technical training for bike technicians. Svig starts his Cytech technical one followed directly with the more advanced Cytech technical two.

 With the course having started this week, we would also like to extend our thanks to Transaction Junction who made the trip possible by sponsoring Svig’s flights, accommodation and living costs for the duration of the 2½ weeks in Pretoria.

 Not only has the Torq Zone Academy provided Svig with the opportunity to extend his knowledge and fine tune his skills but their generous support will be extended to other up and coming young bike mechanics coming through the program.

 Huge thanks and gratitude to Torq Zone Academy for supporting the program and investing in Svig’s and future young budding bike technicians.


Svig (center) and the team supporting riders at a recent race.

                        Svig (center) and the rest of the team supporting riders at a recent race.

More about the Torq Zone Academy:

The Torq Zone Academy is South Africa’s very first Bicycle Training Centre of Excellence and offers the Cytech Technical training exclusively in South Africa. Cytech Technical is owned by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) UK which has over the last 25 years offered bicycle mechanic training for over 3000 courses to 6000 students. Torq Zone Academy offers the Cytech home mechanic, technical one, technical two and technical three courses at its site in Centurion, Pretoria.