Overview

 


​​Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka​


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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a WorldTour team with bases in South Africa and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.​​

A global team
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 Africa’s first ever UCI-registered World Tour cycling team

​Registered in South Africa and truly global, with riders from all over the world. During the European season, the team operates out of its service course in Lucca, Italy.​​​


 Our journey to greatness

2007​
Founded​​​

​​2012
Africa’s first-ever UCI-registered Professional Continental cycling team

2013
19 UCI victories incl. Milan-San Remo, and National Championships of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Lithuania

​​2014
3 UCI victories incl. stage of Ruta Del Sol (Vuelta a Andalucia), and National Championships of South Africa

2015
First-ever African cycling team to compete in the Tour de France:
  • First African to wear a Tour de France leader’s jersey (4 days in King of the Mountains jersey)
  • First African team to win a stage at the Tour de France (Stage 14 ‘Mandela Day’ win)
  • All 9 ​riders achieved a top 20 finish
  • 4 times best team on stage
  • 5th best team overall​​​​​​​​​​

 

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"Our team isn’t only about winning races, it has another dimension which is just as important, maybe even more important … our ambition is to put more and more people on bikes in Africa."

 

Doug Ryder |Team Dimension Data Principal

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Qhubeka

 


Qhubeka is a non-profit organisation which helps disadvantaged people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment, or academic results. They are World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. Mobilising and strengthening disadvantaged communities and people through education and economic opportunity with bicycles.​

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 What does the word Qhubeka mean?

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​A Nguni word (Zulu and Xhosa) that means to move forward or to progress.


People work-to-earn​​​​​


​​Tree-preneurs: Harvest seeds, plant them and
 cultivate trees to 30cm.​


Waste-preneurs: Collect and exchange
PET bottles for tokens.​

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1 bike = 200 trees grown to 30cm or 4500 PET bottles​​

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 How do bycicles changes lives?

  • 1 bicycle = increased s​chool attendance
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  • 2 hours saved for every 10km travelled by bike
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  • When a learner cycles to school R200 is saved on transport costs every month
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  • A child gets to school 75% quicker
  • A bicycle means a person can carry 5x more
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  • A child with a bicycle can cover 4 x the distance than a child who has to walk
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  • Kids who ride a bicycle to school achieve up to a 59% improvement​​
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"At Dimension Data we're passionate about making a difference. Through out partnership with Qhubeka and Africa's first professional cycling team to participate in the UCI World Tour, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, we're looking to mobilise people with something most of us take for granted - the humble bicycle. I encourage you to get involved in enabling greatness and changing lives, one bicycle at a time."

Marilyn Chaplin | Group People & Culture Executive at Dimension Data

 

Why bicycles
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How do bicycles change lives?

Simply put, having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go, and how fast they can get there.​​



500,000
children walk over 10kms or over 60 minutes to school (that’s the equivalent of walking 23 (Ultra) Marathons a year.​


62,982
bicycles were distributed since the charity’s inception in 2005.​


​​2 million
children walk over 30 minutes to school (that means they walk at least 5kms a day).​​​​​

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