Empowering Book Ibhoni Heritage Rides

September is officially heritage month in the country. South Africans are encouraged during the public holiday on 24 September to celebrate their different and diverse cultural ethnicity and religious beliefs united as a freedom loving nation with a common heritage of hope in the new democratic dispensation.
The founders of Book Ibhoni hosted a heritage ride on Saturday 26 September 2020 to celebrate heritage sites around Soweto through cycling accompanied by visitors. Over 50 riders from different backgrounds, of all ages, race, locality shared a common interest riding bicycles by participating in a 20 kilometer tour that started from the iconic Vilakazi Street precinct in Orlando West location en-route to Orlando East via Klipsruit, Pimville, Kliptown, Rockville Regina Mundi, White City Jabavu, Mofolo, and Dube village to and finally reaching back to Baqwa Street and Vilakazi Street precinct.
Mpumelelo Mtintsho, co-founder of the initiative and organiser, related that the events take place at various intervals each year. Similar public rides are organised not only for heritage, but also for educational initiatives and as a tourist attraction drive for local and international visitors. Also on the cards is the literacy awareness campaign that Book Ibhoni runs. Participants are encouraged to donate books or book vouchers for donations to various libraries identified as needy. Such interventions help them to increase literacy levels in their communities. As many amongst us may relate, literacy and education is one of the best heritages that a nation may bestow on its children, and the community at large. For many it’s a tangible ticket out of abject poverty.
For 2021 plans are afoot to promote African literacy, promotion through collection and distribution of books by local and African writers.
The bicycle shop operates, inter alia, as a mobile repairs operation on bicycles, hosts education workshops for novice riders on road signage for bicycle riders, facilitates community awareness campaigns to promote cycling as an alternative and greener mode of transport excreting neither hazardous nor greenhouse gases but contributing to cleaner air, health and fitness for the rider.
For more information Book Ibhoni may be contacted on 061 371 9015, www.airbnb.co.za and www.facebook.com/bicycledates.
Dumi Mkhabela Soweto Sunrise News

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