Qhubeka to create jobs at its new bicycle assembly plant

Qhubeka has been helping people in rural areas by giving them bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.

On Thursday, Qhubeka opened a bicycle assembly plant at Nederburg in Paarl, the first of it's kind in the Western Cape.

Ian Mills, programme manager for Qhubeka says the plant will be able to produce at least 5 000 bikes a year and will also create jobs for local people.

He says 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.

We are looking at getting learners who need to get to school on these bicycles and adults who need to get to work.

Ian Mills, Programme manager for Qhubeka

Mills says as the demand for bicycles grow they are looking at opening other assembling plants in other areas and create more jobs for the people.

The plant will assemble its first bicycle in January 2017.

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