The 18th of July is Mandela Day, and as is traditional, there will be a Mandela Day ride, more specifically called the Bikers for Mandela Day Ride.

It was originally started by Zelda le Grange in 2010, and was aimed at helping various communities on a typical multi-day biking route with a small group of bikers. In 2018 Bikers for Mandela Day took on a larger group format, as Zelda wanted to see the concept grow publicly, including the ethos of Mandela Day and the ability of bikers to get involved in helping.

This year’s focus is on Nelson Mandela’s personal charity project, The Mandela Education Programme. The Mandela Education Programme focuses on the key element in learning: literacy, both physical via school libraries and digital via the Digital Learning Platform.

“2021 sees us emerge slowly from a devastating covid pandemic that has decimated traditional education practices,” commented organiser Robert Coutts. ”We need to ensure the future generations are given every opportunity to educate themselves. This is the focus of the Mandela Education Programme that is funded out of participation events and corporate donations like the Bikers for Mandela Day ride.”

The entry is R100, donated online through www.participateforgood.com. By participating, all donations (entry plus what you can generate in donations) will be used towards creating and delivering new libraries into impoverished schools around South Africa.

In return for the R100 donation, each participant gets a Mandela Day badge.

With the Level Four restrictions, a group ride is sadly out of the question, so participants are asked to ride from home to a ride through pick up point at the Union Buildings from 10am where, without taking your helmet or gloves off, you stop next to the pickup point, give your name and collect your badge.

It’s a fun Sunday ride out while helping a good cause.

If participants are unable to ride to the Union Buildings, all the left-over badges will be sent to the various points listed after 18 July:
Aprilia Bryanston Moto Guzzi – Bryanston
World of Motorcycles – Centurion DOCSA
Fire it Up – Bryanston
ROC – Alberton
Fast KTM – Alberton
Triumph – Sandton
Adventure Academy – Andy Biram
NK Bikers of Africa – Soweto