The ninth Mandela Day container library officially opened on 7 September, 2011 in Valspan Primary School, Jan Kemp Dorp in the Northern Cape Province. Debbie Beukman from Breadline Africa attended and wrote the following report.
The simple words of Hlompho Mohapi – “we became one” – are testimony to the continuing success story that is CycAlive, an event that continues to forge bonds between young South Africans and their respective communities.
This year’s CycAlive adventure is almost at an end, and the team has lots to reflect on as it approaches its final destination in Durban.
The CycAlive team is on the final leg of their journey from Johannesburg to Durban.
After a night spent at the Majuba Youth Hostel in Volksrust, the team of 50 CycAlive participants and supervisors got an early start and headed down the glorious Majuba Mountain this morning.
After a 5:15am start, the 40 CycAlive participants and the ten adults accompanying the cyclists on their journey were ready for yet another day of committed cycling.
This morning some 150 learners, teachers and cycling enthusiasts convened at the Torah Academy campus in Norwood, Gauteng, for the 14th annual CycAlive challenge, a youth highlight in the Mandela Day activities calendar.
A three-school initiative designed to encourage ubuntu among South Africa’s youth, CycAlive follows the journey of a team of exuberant Grade 11 boys from diverse backgrounds as they cycle from Johannesburg to Durban, spreading goodwill and learning about themselves and others along the way.
Harry Grainger from Breadline Africa reports on the opening of the eighth Mandela Day container library in Buffelshoek, Limpopo, which took place on 1 August, 2011.
Debbie Beukman form Breadline Africa reports on the opening of the seventh Mandela Day container library, which took plake in Matsulu on 29 July, 2011.
Edna Titus from Breadline Africa reports on the opening of the sixth Mandela Day container library, which took place at Mazongo School in KZN on 27 July, 2011.