Bikers from various clubs across the province on Sunday participated in the 4th annual local Ubuntu Bikers Run, customarily held on the last Sunday of January each year to unite riding enthusiasts.
The first stop was at the Polokwane Go-cart circuit where attendees enjoyed breakfast before proceeding to a restaurant in the city where they met with more bikers. Participants made the third stop at a venue in Lebowakgomo before proceeding to Mokopane for a formal programme and braai. Event organiser and Roadhogs Pietersburg Motorcycle Club president, Ronald Leach indicated that the Ubuntu Run was the only event that fundamentally unites all motorbike clubs and independent bikers to ride under the three pillars of brotherhood being love, honour and respect.
“We need to set aside our differences and work together rather than against each other. Being bikers make us unique in the sense that we live under a code respected by all. Thus it becomes a culture that the nation needs to embrace, understand and practice as it transcends across the racial barrier and describes bikers in one word ‘Ubuntu’. One is a biker regardless of the colour of their skin or birth origin,” Leach explained.
He further stated that the Ubuntu Run was a national gathering with clubs across South Africa hosting provincial events. He said that in 2017 they added countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Cameroon to the celebration. Leach emphasised that the gatherings held in the country, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe last year attracted over 8 000 bikers in total.
Limpopo Ubuntu Run was also used to honour the fallen bikers who were formerly part of the celebration. The nearly 300 riders who participated on the day were led by road leaders wearing reflectors and badges donated by BB Polokwane Suzuki. Leach concluded by saying bikers were riding for one cause being Ubuntu, the spirit of togetherness: “We are one, ons is een, rekaofela.”
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI