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Valley Community Heritage Day Cycle

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There might be a million reasons to feel jaded about the world and our country right now.  There may be plenty of opportunities to have our say, as paradigms and perspectives prompt suspicions and wariness, but when we do something, anything, as a diverse community together, we are closer to hope.

On Heritage Day, 24 September 2021, 85 people from Kommetjie, Ocean View, and Masiphumelele rode their bikes from the Soetwater Resort and through the three respective neighbourhoods to recognise and celebrate the cultural wealth of our nation, South Africa. In coming together, the vision for making stronger connections between neighbours and creating a more integrated community was shared.

The ride started with a scenic cycle through the Soetwater campgrounds, past the Slangkop lighthouse, and on to Kommetjie’s Long Beach where Patrick Dowling of the Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association gave an informative talk about the history of Kommetjie and welcomed and invited all our neighbours to come and enjoy the walks and beaches in our beautiful village. Soon we were back on our bikes and riding to Masi where the riders were enthusiastically greeted with cheery high fives and hello’s by the local kids and residents.  The second stop was the Songezo Cycling Academy centre where Sidney Lubabalo Begala gave a brief talk on how the organisation is promoting cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle, especially amongst the Masi youngsters.  We were also reminded of the importance of road safety rules before cycling back to Ocean View where Jimmy James shared his dreams of an organised and safe space for the residents to exercise and keep fit, followed by a visit to the  Community Wellness Solutions cycle track, that was set up and is open to all Ocean View children to help keep them off the streets and occupied after school, while their parents are working.
The 20 km ride finished back in the Soetwater resort where cakes, cooldrinks and braai fires welcomed the riders. The scenic cycle, informative talks at each of the three stops, encouraging cheers from spectators, and connections made on and off saddles proved HOPE is alive and well and living in the Deep South.
Thank you to Communities Wellness Solutions (Mastoera and Jimmy Esterhuizen), Songezo Cycling Academy (Sidney Lubabalo Begala), and Kommetjie residents, Emma Staines, Jenny Tanesse, and Tiffany Chalmers for all the hard work and effort they put into organising a perfect South African Heritage day. A special thanks also go out to the Community Policing Forum for guiding us along the route and keeping our cyclists safe, In2food for their generous treat donation, and local representatives from Open Streets and South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) for sharing the vision and supporting this initiative.
Who knew that bicycles, banter, and a boerie braai at the end, could bring a community of people together in such a special way. The intention is to make this an annual event to give our communities the opportunity to get to know and enjoy one another on a continual basis.
Text supplied by Tiffany Chalmers

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