At the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence gala event held at Emperors Palace on Thursday night, Cycalive was awarded a trophy for Social Transformation through Sports and Recreation.
The Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura wished to recognise and award dynamic, responsive and innovative socio-economic projects through the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.
The Gauteng Provincial Government invited departments, business, NGOs and communities to enter the projects that have
contributed to improving lives.
Wendy Kahn, Director of the SAJBD, motivated Rabbi Hazdan to submit an application on behalf of Cycalive, under the category of “Social Transformation through sport.”
The SAJBD believed that the Cycalive initiative, which has reflected so much credit on our Jewish community since 1998, was a very worthy candidate for this award.
Cycalive brings together Grade 11 students from Torah Academy, two schools in Soweto and a school in Orange Farm in a relay cycle ride from Johannesburg to Durban inspiring tolerance, leadership and camaraderie between young South Africans of diverse cultures and backgrounds. In more recent years, Partnership Together has sponsored the participation of an additional team from Bet Shemesh, Israel.
Over the past 21 years, Cycalive has indelibly impacted its positive message on the lives of many hundreds of students.
This prestigious award will bolster the efforts of Torah Academy’s Cycalive Project to build on its decades of past success and reinvigorate its commitment to investing in the positive future of young South Africans, cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.
- rabbi hazdan, march 2019
congratulations to the torah academy girls high school public speakers on their outstanding results!