The race passes through many rural areas on its route between Sani Pass and the Indian Ocean.
Various worthy beneficiaries who reside and/or operate along the route were nominated as such by sponsors, communities, entrants and the organisers. They were consequently offered the opportunity to add value to the race by helping with the many logistical operations incurred by an event of this magnitude. Activities in this regard include course preparation, bike washing, seconding/feed tables, erecting of overnight race villages, catering etc.
The sani2c policy on community aid is not to issue donations as such, but rather to offer various worthy institutions the opportunity to add value to the event and raise funds (for themselves) at the same time.
sani2c covers any costs that are incurred by these activities and also pays the beneficiaries a pre-negotiated fee for their involvement and services.
We find that this policy works extremely well. Projects are self-driven and beneficiaries are highly motivated and passionate about the event.
During the history of the event the following has been distributed to the various beneficiaries of sani2c:
Further to this, an estimated R4 million is spent by entrants purely on accommodation (pre and post the events) in the Underberg and Scottburgh areas alone.
KwaZulu-Natal tourism estimates that sani2c generates over R35 million for this region and our international competitors generate a further R8 million for our country.
In addition, the building of permanent race villages had created job opportunities for the neighboring rural people in an area where employment is desperately needed.
The projects at Jolivet and Glencairn have so far created 10 000 man days. In many cases locals have been up skilled and employed as builders, tillers, carpenters and plumbers.
Every year, starting from 2009, a number of entries are auctioned. All money raised from these and other charity entries go towards worthy beneficiaries including schools, education bursaries, conservation and environmental groups. Should you wish to find out more in this regard contact the Race Office and further information will be provided.
The Msayana School and their community, situated deep in the Umkomaas Valley below Nick's Pass, is an example of what mountain biking can give back. Through sani2c and your contributions, these kids have solar powered class rooms with TV and educational DVDs and will no-doubt receive an improved education.
Like every year, we are sure the excited kids will cheer you on, showing their appreciation. If you hear them singing "Steve Peat, Steve Peat" this is because the world champion mountain biker's Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar are local heroes in this region after riding the event and then coming back to visit them.
This community is most mindful of the support they receive from you, the riders and sani2c. It is for this reason that they welcome you so warmly into their area and onto some of the best mountain biking terrain South Africa has to offer. Their hosting of hundreds of mountain bikers down Nick's Pass and through their area has become a highlight of their year.
Should you feel that you or your company could add further to this project, please contact Judy at our Race Office and we will make sure that your contributions are properly channeled.
Tel: +27(0) 39 9760436 (office)
Fax: 086 624 0347