Who We Are

Creating a culture of continued improvement.

Our History

Where we started our journey.

2014

  • Jan – Kwano started and partnership establish partnership with Murray High School.
  • Recruited the first 10 students… sinalling the start to something great.
  • Based at Equine Librium Farm outside.
  • Registered as a charity with Board of Trustees.

2015

  • First MTB race… Tsitsikama MTB Challenge.
  • Apr – Expanded to 15 students.
  • First Multi-Day Race… Team sent to Sani2C and placed 60th out of 600 teams.

2016

  • Re-located program base to Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm.
  • Established partnership with Specialized for bicycles.
  • Nov – Sipho Mthembu recruited as Cycling Program Leader.

2017

  • Jan – Established new base for the program in the community at
    Murray High School.
  • Expanded to 20 students.
  • Mar – Expanded to 32 students… including the first female students.
  • Sent teams to several local & national events… Karoo2Coast, W2W, Origin of Trails etc.
  • Jun – First podium in an Open event… 2nd at Sabrina MTB race.
  • Attended the HotChillee “Rider Development Summit”.
  • Received 2 Wattbikes… donated by Wattbike SA.

2018

  • Expanded the girls program.
  • Buffalo Foundation select Kwano Academy as major beneficiary.
  • Jun – Nicky Giliomee (female pro) visits the Academy to talk and ride with the girls.
  • Jul – Recruited experienced teacher Trevor Snyman to launch the After School Academic Program.
  • Placed 3rd out of 14 schools in Southern Cape Spur Series.
  • Aug – Took team of 4 to York Enduro Pro event… student placed 5th in pro field.
  • Dec – Velotech UK held an 8 day Bike Mechanics course at the Academy.

2019

  • Jan – Students attend Leadership Camp at Ingwe.
  • Mar – Student (Siphe Ncapayi) won “King of the Mountain” at HotChillee’s Cape Rouleur road race.
  • Buffalo Foundation sponsored a Kwano Team for Jo’burg2C.
  • Jul – Siphe Ncapayi invited to ride in 3 day London to Paris road race… won the U23 category!
  • Expanded program to 50 students… 30% females.
  • Oct – Siphe won the Rainmaker Rollercoaster 7 day gravel race.
  • First Academy Apprentice… Aries Analise started electrician apprenticeship with Gensmart.
  • Kwano team sponsored by Woolworths compete in W2W 3 day race.
  • Established Kwano Parents Committee.

2020

  • Academy complied with Education Dept protocols throughout Covid lockdowns.
  • Adapted Academy offerings after initial lockdown period… access to all on-line teaching tools.
  • Conducted Covid 19 education, distributed masks and sanitization materials.
  • Received Section 18A approval from SARS.
  • Alumni Masixole Zondani accepted to Exxaro Academy with scholarship to study.
  • Apr – First distribution of food hampers to all Academy families.
  • Launched Academy Parents Committee T-Shirts.
  • Recruited experienced maths teacher… retiring from local private school.
  • 2020 expansion plans deferred till 2021.
  • Dec – Second distribution of food hampers to all Academy families.
  • Masixole Zondani wins Sabrina Love.

2020

  • Acquired new laptops via the Click Foundation.
  • 100% Pass rate for Matriculants.
  • Increased to 65 students… 25% girls.
  • Kwano Buffs launched… donated by Tania Pfaf.
  • Squirt sponsor Academy team to ride W2W 3 day event for Squirt.
  • After School Academic Program remains open every day in spite of limited official school attendance.

     

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