The world’s largest timed cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle tour, took place on 6 March 2016. The DA in the Western Cape is thrilled by the result and would like to congratulate the three gentlemen from Cape Town, who took all three positions on the podium. Clint Hendricks, Jayde Julius and Nolan Hoffman managed to out-sprint the rest of the cyclists to secure a top three finish.
Learners from schools in Mitchell’s Plain also took part in the cycle tour. Two Grade 12 learners from Tafelsig High School completed the race while a grade 11 learner received medical care after taking a fall. The learner is recovering well and back at school. Oval North High School had 7 learners participating while Beacon Hill High School had 12 learners taking part in the race.
We are encouraged that these youths are becoming role models in their communities, where gangsterism and drugs destroy many young lives. Their participation in activities of this nature will inspire other leaners in the school and surrounding areas.
We applaud the City of Cape Town and those who organised the race for once again delivering an event that not only puts Cape Town and South Africa on the world map, but inspires the youth and benefits many charities too. Beneficiaries range from schools, NGO’s working with abused children as well as organisations doing research on wildlife issues.
Sport continues to pave the way and open doors for those who would otherwise have no way out of their troubled communities. The cycle tour is a motivator for other cycling clubs in the province. The commitment shown by participants, organisers and spectators encourage others to work harder and build on the potential of cycling as a sport as well as a social activity.
As the DA we are committed to the development of youth and the creation of an open opportunity society.We urge the youth to cease the opportunities availed to them. Furthermore, we are committed to building one nation with one future built on freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.