THOMAS NGIDI -Zulu Warrior

‘Change a Life’ athletes Thomas Ngidi (winner of Non Stop Dusi, 3rd in Dusi) and Kwanda Mhlophe (under 18 dusi winner) have currently enrolled at the University of Natal for 2010, studying Geography & Environmental Science and Geography & Environmental Agriculture, respectively. The Ken Collins Trust have pledged to pay R15000 towards each ones University fees. Why did they choose to help these two individuals amongst thousands? It came down to basic logic – If these individuals could obtain such incredible results in the sporting arena through sheer hard work, focus, discipline and goal setting, then surely they will have a great chance of success if they apply themselves to getting a degree and follow through with the same principles.

Now this is true Development. Once Qualified, Thomas ultimately wants to “put back” into the Valley. Eliminate bad farming practices causing erosion and improve farming productivity and so food production. Who wouldn’t want to invest in someone like this.

                              GWAHUMBE NATURE RESERVE

Now that Dusi is a spectacle of the past, the Wheels of the “Change a Life” Team are literally turning again – the Zulu boys are back on their bikes. Already next month are two races some will partake in – Juicy Lucy Mtb Classic – a real beauty which traverses across the Gwahumbe Nature Reserve. Last year it was more than just cycling the 48km route, it was an exciting weekend of game drives (viewing Giraffe, Hippo and Rhino for the first time) and top class accommodation – upon special invitation of race organiser Craig McKenzie. The second is the Spur Adventure Race at the Lourensford Wine Estate (finish of Cape Epic Cycle) down in the Cape. Great excitement as 500 plus athletes partake in a Challenging course against the majestic backdrop of the Boland Mountain Range.    

What’s happened – I took part in the Sani2c last week. Farmer hospitality and a challenging  route made for a spectacular weekend. Poor Farmer Glen, race organiser, got moaned at big time. I couldn’t believe the amount of squealing that was going on after Day 1, where the muddy conditions sorted the men from the boys. I presume these individuals thought Mtb’ing was a fair weather sport. Sorry to say, but there is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people’. Grab these adverse conditions with both hands and deal with it better that your competitors and you will be ahead of the curve. These varied conditions can easily destroy the very fabric what constitutes Teamwork as it is more likely to expose that not all partnerships are equal in riding ability. Adversity is the Breakfast of Champions.



Unfortunately, due to safety reasons, the first 25km of Day 2 had to be rerouted, bypassing the awesome single track of Yankee Doodle, Murray’s Meander and Nick’s Pass. After the compulsory Nando’s 10 min stop, the course dried up beautifully. Day 2 will be remembered for the long testing climbs. Day 3 was a ‘chip & a putt’, fast flow riding down to the coast at Scottborough, with the odd ‘Heart Rate’ hill to keep things honest. It was a pity I couldn’t ride with Albe, my Cape Epic partner (due to work constraints), but thanks to my good friend Iain don Wauschope for a lekker ride, stepping in at the last moment. We had to do the Adventure and not the real race, as I  too had work commitments. That same day we finished, I had to be in Parys that afternoon, 2 hrs out of JHB, to join Albe at the annual USN conference to do a Motivational Presentation.

My Mission Statement of the Academy were the first words I wrote down when I conceptualised this Grassroots Initiative two years ago. It pleases me in that I truly believe we (Computershare, USN and Hi-Tec) are on course where the Martin Dreyer ‘Change a Life’ my Academy is at and where it is going.

This was my Mission Statement….

My vision will be to support the development of black youths from the Valley of a Thousand Hills, to build a successful team and use this platform as a powerful vehicle for developing basic life skills, which will allow for the upliftment of these enthusiastic individuals

I hope to create and foster a spirit of risk taking, cooperative team work, to stimulate the individuals for ready and vital responses to challenging situations and to promote reliability, organizational skills and responsibility, in and out of the sporting arena.

  • To provide opportunities aimed at empowering the selected individuals through sport participation, whereby these individuals will be able to provide for  their families with weekly food packs, pay their own school fees, obtain their drivers license and further their after school education through courses.  
  • To create opportunity for self-upliftment and to provide a bridge for these youths to participate in the process of community building and ultimately Nation building.  
  • To provide invaluable life-skills and entrepreneurial skill.  
  • To promote travel in the sports world.
  • To ultimately establish a sports club in the Dusi Valley with a solid foundation to ensure that the objectives ‘snowball’ into a successful and sustainable project ensuring more underprivileged youths attain their dreams.  
  • An important means of doing so is to provide encouragement, financial support and access to valuable information. 

          THANK YOU


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One Response to “THEN AND NOW….”

  • tommy:

    Wow, fantastic, congratulations! You continue to amaze me with what your Academy has achieved.

    Let me know if there’s ever anything I can do to help out in some way. I live in the Jo’burg area.

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