Insight: Trends

Pedalling from the past to the future

The bicycle was not always a common means of transport in the townships, but old-timers have seen that change

22 July 2018 - 00:00

Growing up in the township of Thabong, outside Welkom, where there were only bumpy sand roads, I didn't own a bicycle. Instead, we played with skipping ropes and devised games with things like old pantihose, which we filled with stones. Ninety-year-old Puleng Solomon Masemene remembers the days when a black person on a bike raised the suspicion of the cops.

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