Spoor & Fisher proudly supports Qhubeka

Qhubeka was founded in 2005. Qhubeka’s name is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward” – because bicycles help people to travel faster and further, be fitter and access more options, including healthcare and educational facilities and job opportunities. People earn bicycles through various programmes, like their Learn-to-earn Programme, where schoolchildren earn Qhubeka Bicycles by committing to improve their school attendance. Estimates suggest a 75% reduction in commuting time and 23% higher attendance at schools for people given a bicycle by Qhubeka. Qhubeka also supplies bicycles to health workers, to help them visit more patients, and to communities to help them access clinics more easily. Today Qhubeka has supplied over 90 000 of their robust, steel utility bicycles through these programmes to communities across South Africa.

We are proud that we have been part of Qhubeka’s journey, assisting Qhubeka with the protection of their intellectual property rights in South Africa and internationally.

In November 2018, six cyclists from Spoor & Fisher rode the 94.7 Cycle Race (94.7 km in Johannesburg) in support of Qhubeka. Each entry sponsored a bicycle for Qhubeka. On 23 May 2019, we joined Qhubeka at a distribution of 350 bikes to students in Orlando, Soweto.

Patrick O’Brien from Spoor & Fisher said “Cycling in the 94.7 cycle challenge last year on a Qhubeka single speed bike was a great experience, but until the distribution ceremony I didn’t really grasp the importance of riding in the 947, the awareness it creates and the impact it actually makes on a child having access to a bicycle and ultimately an improved education. It makes me a lot more passionate about riding again this year.”

Laurence Tshabalala from Spoor & Fisher also commented “The bikes distribution ceremony at Soweto was mind blowing as I did not expect so many bikes to be distributed all at once. Seeing those kids appreciating their bikes revived my cycling spirit and made me realise how people can be important to each other.”