- Minister Mbalula has given away bicycles to 10 schools
- It is part of an initiative to help pupils with transport to get to school
- Social media users had mixed reactions
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has given away 452 bicycles to school pupils from 10 different schools in Vuwani. The initiative is known as the Shova Kalula Bicycle Programme.
According to the minister, it is one of the Department of Transport’s interventions to deal with scholar transport challenges in the country. He posted pictures of the bikes on his social media account. Mzansi social media users had mixed reactions to his post. While some applauded the efforts, many others questioned the practicality of the initiative. Twitter user Mogale_vee said:
"How about school buses? How will the poor kids travel with bicycles in the rain?"
While Phila_thabethe said:
"It doesn't work. We have had that in Mpumalanga Province, Piet Retief and nyaope boys took those bicycles from us by force."
"Do they come with a maintenance plan...? What happens when it rains...? Provide buses, Minister."
"I love your motives, Minister. School buses would have been nice but let's appreciate the effort you guys are making."
"I can guarantee you know if this was a picture of buses or taxis there would still be something to complain about. A step forward is better than no step in any direction."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that community members in the North West province have been given a chance to earn a living through work done by a global charity organisation. Residents in rural towns are able to sew bags and make bicycles to provide income.
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