NFTRC Takes Part In Making Kgosi Malope II Cycling Challenge a Success
National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC) joined hands with other stakeholders in hosting the Kgosi II Malope Cycling Challenge over the weekend in Kanye.
Kgosi Malope II said that The Cycling Challenge was aimed at raising funds and awareness for the refurbishment of Mmalekwa cemetery, a historical site in Kanye, which is the resting place of the Bangwaketse royal family, former British settlers and soldiers, as well as former London Missionary Society clergy and colonial administrators.
He encouraged Kanye residents to start a cycling club because cycling is good for health, particularly in this era of various disease conditions that could be abated through physical workout.
NFTRC and NAPro had a chance to exhibit their products and services; consumer tasting of NAPro’s Harvest Haven products also gave the attendants-, especially the local authorities, a chance to appreciate NFTRC’s efforts.
A cyclist from Orapa, Suntus Manyala said that he was excited about NFTRC services, saying that it was his first time to hear about the organisation; he promised that he would be back to utilise its services.
NFTRC did not only sponsor with the venue for the event but also gave out 500 bottled water for the cyclists and the guests.
The chief organisers of the cycling challenge, Tsosa Motse Society answered the overdue community need for refurbishing the cemetery.
Debswana gave out a cheque of P150,000.00 while Cycle 4 Life, Security Systems and Bona Advertising coordinated the competitions.
Kgosi Malope II receiving a cheque of P150.000.00 from Debswana Public Relations Manager Ms Montlenyane Baaitse (first from left).
The Vice Chairperson of Tsosa Motse Society, Kaone Ramontshonyana said that the society aims at cultivating the spirit of self-reliance, independence and patriotism among community members.
He further said that given the sanctity of the monument, the vision is to turn it into a communal open park, a youth business resource centre, a digital history library as well as a documentary viewing space, which will become a tourist area and also serve as a centre of knowledge.
The race was divided into two categories: Juniors and Seniors; both categories consisted of 110km Open and 60km Lite challenges respectively, as well as a 30km fun ride along Kanye-Lobatse main road.
The race also attracted cyclists from South Africa and Zimbabwe. Dube Nkulumo from Zimbabwe became the overall winner of the 110km race, senior category, making 2 hours 46 minutes and 13.4 seconds.