SUV EC challenge set for early March SUV EC challenge set for early March
The Siyavuya Foundation will deliver the third rendition of the annual SUV Challenge – Eastern Cape Tour this year, running from 3 to 7... SUV EC challenge set for early March

The Siyavuya Foundation will deliver the third rendition of the annual SUV Challenge – Eastern Cape Tour this year, running from 3 to 7 March 2021.

Launched in 2018 by the Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, then MEC for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the SUV Challenge is a unique and engaging initiative; a social innovation to facilitate coherent engagement between civil society, government and corporate South Africa.

“The SUV Challenge initiative seeks to promote road safety, the Eastern Cape as a preferred tourism destination, social cohesion and development. It mobilises organisations and private sector to partner in a social justice movement,” said SUV Challenge founding member, Siyavuya Mbete of the Siyavuya Foundation.

This year, the tour takes place over four (4) days starting on 03 – 07 March from the Wild Coast Sun, to Kokstad, Msikaba Bridge, Nkantolo Village in Mbizana Local Municipality, Mqhekezweni Great Place in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, East London, and concludes in Baviaanskloof in the Sarah Baartman District.

The stop overs include a road safety activation in Kokstad, a site visit to event participants, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL’s) multi-billion cable-stayed steel deck Msikaba Bridge project, expected to be the third highest bridge in Africa upon completion.

The tour will visit Nkantolo Village, Mbongweni Village (Winnie Mandela’s home village), former statesman Nelson Mandela’s upbringing home Mqhekezweni Great Place, where community outreach activations and exhibitions by the partners will take place, underscored by tangible community beneficiation. The SUV Challenge tour will conclude at Baviaanskloof in the Sarah Baartman District where participants will take part in several excursions.

Due to limitations presented by adjusted Lockdown Level 3 restrictions, this year the SUV Challenge is strictly by invitation only. However, the public is invited to join in virtually to experience live streaming of the tour via social media platforms. (Facebook: Eastern Cape SUV Challenge, Twitter: @SUVChallenge, Instagram: @SUV_Challenge).

“The SUV Challenge addresses the aspirations and needs of the participating collectives, as well as empowers and develops communities in the Eastern Cape. The province grapples with socio-economic challenges, this tour plays a pivotal role in ensuring opportunities are accessed by those in the most rural areas of the province through our community outreaches. This approach ensures delivery of an impactful legacy initiative while displaying the array of memorable experiences the province has to offer,” added Mbete.

The SUV Challenge event sponsors and partners include SANRAL, EC Provincial Government, EC Department of Transport, RTMC, Brand SA, ECPTA, Avis, Nissan, U Bank, MTN, Coca-Cola, MISA, Barloworld, RAW Industries, SANSA, DHET, Microsoft, Services SETA, National Lotteries Commission, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Suzuki, Peugeot, Toyota, National Heritage Council, TETA, Ignition, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Mpumakapa TV, SABC, SA Tourism, Isolezwe, KSD Local Municipality, Mbizana Local Municipality, WSU, UNISA, FORT HARE, and NMU.

Antoinette Panton

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