The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) was launched in Cape Town on 7 February 2002. BEN promotes the use of bicycles in order to address low-cost mobility, health and access to opportunity, employment, skills and education.
BEN South Africa has a similar system to BEN Namibia, with workshops having a combination of bike skills and business running skills.
BEN promotes the use of bicycles in order to address low-cost mobility, health and access to opportunity, employment, skills and education. In collaboration with both national and international development/donor agencies, the project facilitates the transportation of bicycles from Europe, Great Britain and the United States to South Africa, the establishment of bicycle workshop projects and the introduction of bicycle user paths/networks.
- New skills and employment
- Providing bikes to local communities
- Generating funds for local community organisations and HIV workers
BIKES SENT SINCE 2008
5,982 as at May 2016
Story from BEN South Africa
The photo right is Meshack Nchupetsang collecting Re~Cycle bikes. He runs a very successful Bicycle Empowerment Centre which he has called Eyethu Cycle Shop. He has been going since 2004, showing that bikes can help people sustain a long-term income.
Various people visiting from the UK have visited the project over the years and always been very impressed with both Meshack and his workshop.