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New Policy in South Africa: One Person, One Bike

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JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa (24 October) – As one of the basic essentials for life, Nelson Mandela said that every child in South Africa should get a peanut butter sandwich to start the day at school. Transport minister Omar added a bicycle to the list “for all those who cannot afford it”. “Time has come,” he said, […]

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa (24 October) – As one of the basic essentials for life, Nelson Mandela said that every child in South Africa should get a peanut butter sandwich to start the day at school. Transport minister Omar added a bicycle to the list “for all those who cannot afford it”. “Time has come,” he said, “to promote bicycle transport as a strategic solution for South-Africa. Ten thousand bikes are to be distributed in rural areas early next year. By 2010, Omar aims to have rolled out a million. He calculates that a subsidy of about ZAR200 (US$26.38; EUR31.07) will be required. The move is by Afribike, a Gauteng-based nonprofit agency. A serious problem remains that on South Africa’s already deadly roads “most combi and car drivers treat cyclists like insects.” an Afribike spokesman says. Both Omar and Afribike want to turn South Africa into a bicycle culture, with bicycles as a key form of transport, with Holland as an example. Source: Business Day South Africa. (OB)

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