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Ayabonga Mgope Cycles to New Heights

Ayabonga Mgope Cycles to New Heights

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Angelo Casu and Johan Fourie teamed up in 2017 and 2018 to ride the Absa Cape Epic in aid of StreetSmart South Africa and raised so far R68,000. 

The StreetSmart riders are now coaching a young rider who they have met at a StreetSmart function and Angelo will be riding the Wines2Whales, a well known three stages events which happens annually and take riders from Somerset West to Hermanus.

Angelo and Ayabonga will be riding for the MorgensterStreetSmartSA Team in a quest to raise more awareness and money for this organization.

Ayabonga Mgope Cycles to New Heights

Ayabonga is a student at the Learn to Live School of Skills at The Salesian Institute Youth Projects in Cape Town. He is currently in Year 4 and is a School Prefect. Ayabonga caught the attention of one of the teachers whilst they were planning the 2015 annual prize giving of the school. The teachers felt that there was a young boy who deserved a special prize. They noticed that throughout the school year, after every lunch, Ayabonga would stay behind and clean up the dining hall out of his own free will, without any encouragement from the teachers.

Everybody knew that he loved cycling, but that he did not own a bicycle. The teachers then searched the Salesian premises and found an old bike, which was refurbished and awarded to him as a special prize in recognition of his exemplary attitude of service. 

At the beginning of 2016 after the school holidays, it was discovered that Ayabonga no longer had his bicycle, after visiting his elderly grandparents in the Eastern Cape. They live in a rural settlement far away from the nearest town and shops. Ayabonga felt that he had to help his grandparents by giving his bicycle to his grandfather to use as transport to get to town and back. This was a selfless act which did not go unnoticed by the Salesian staff and their supporters.

Having heard about this story Johan Fourie and Angelo Casu, who rode the Cape Epic in 2017 and 2018 in support of Street Smart South Africa, decided to donate the bicycle Johan used to ride his 1st Cape Epic Race with, to Ayabonga, in recognition of his fantastic attitude and to encourage him to continue cycling.

Ayabonga has in the meantime joined a cycling club in Houtbay, and he is enjoying his cycling very much. His dream is to one day ride a three-stage cycling event. This dream has now come true, as he has been offered to ride the Wine2Whales with Angelo Casu later in October. Angelo more recently also donated a mountain bike cycling kit to Ayabonga, to motivate him further to cycle.

This story is not only about Ayabonga. It’s about every child in the Learn to Live School of Skills, who has dreams and potential, something the Salesian Institute Youth Project recognises in the youth at risk, and are fulfilling by offering education and training, enabling the youth to have the means to become dignified and productive citizens.


  • Nov 06, 2018 - USD $ 60.00
  • "Just visited South Africa. Incredible place, wanted to say thanks. Well done on the ride!" - Harry

  • Oct 30, 2018 - USD $ 34.05
  • "Pedal on dude... respect" - Andy clay

  • Oct 17, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Good luck" - Mike

  • Aug 31, 2018 - USD $ 67.84
  • "Great cause & well done Angelo & Ayabonga" - Johann Vanzyl

  • Aug 31, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done. Keep it up." - A friend.

  • Mar 26, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Well done LEGENDS!!!" - Gemma G

  • Mar 26, 2018 - R 676.56
  • "Respect." - Fran

  • Mar 26, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "Great people for a great cause!!" - Franso

  • Mar 24, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Wishing you both all the best for the last day tomorrow. Well ridden up until now." - Gemma

  • Mar 22, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck for today's stage, Angelo & Johan!" - Reinette

  • Mar 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Angelo and Johan " - Trish Humby

  • Mar 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done guys!" - Jeroen / AfriCamps

  • Mar 11, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck to you both and great respect. See you at the graduation party. Hedi and Hans" - Hedi und Hans

  • Feb 20, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Best of luck!" - Hendrik

  • Feb 18, 2018 - USD $ 85.99
  • "Wishing you both all success" - Peter & Marilyn Jones

  • Feb 18, 2018 - USD $ 429.93
  • "Good luck Angelo and Johan. Huge respect!" - Tony Caine

  • Feb 05, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck guys" - James

  • Jan 25, 2018 - USD $ 25.28
  • "Go Angelo.... big respect" - Andy clay

  • Sep 20, 2017 - R 1 542.30
  • "Good Luck for the winning TeamStreetSmartSA" - TheAfrikawelove

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Donations to date

R 22 707.45

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

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StreetSmart South Africa has been in operation since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu.