Nyiko Masango also known as ‘Mr Dynamix’, is a fitness trainer and adventurer from Tzaneen who has once again embarked on an epic journey. With his mountain bike, he started from the furthest point north of South Africa, and will finish his trip at the southern tip of the country in Cape Town.
His journey started on Wednesday, the 21st of November, from Beitbridge just outside Mussina in Limpopo. By Tuesday the 18th of December, Masango arrived in Port Elizabeth, having covered 2 107 kilometres in the saddle so far. His aim is to cross the finish line on the 17th of December in the Western Cape.
The journey provided its fair share of calamities. Being an avid adventurer, Masango knows by now how to be prepared ahead of long campaigns like these. On Sunday the 6th of December, he incurred punctures on all his bicycles whist in East London.
Thanks to support from a long-time friend residing in East London, Moses Mbedhi, Mr Dynamix was soon on his merry way again. On Wednesday morning the 9th of December he lost valuable time on the road after his support vehicle ran into mechanical trouble. Masango is however determined to finish in time despite the temporary setback.
His adventurous cycling initiative is part of a Presence into Fatherhood Campaign for which he would like to create an awareness through his fitness and adventure antics. This drive advocates for men’s responsibilities towards their children’s lives. “This campaign aims to encourage men to start playing an active role in their children’s lives, because we know the benefits that a fatherly role plays in the life a child.”
“Through this drive I would also encourage men who are denied access to their kids, to continue fighting for their rights as fathers, despite friction between them and the mother of their kids.”
Masango started this initiative in 2017, after he was also denied a chance to actively father his own son. He first started this campaign with a 100 kilometre Walk from Polokwane to Tzaneen.
He has partnered with Vodacom on an initiative titled ‘Be the Light Campaign’, which aims to stop the spread of the social ill of gender-based violence. The campaign came at the right time as the country is currently commemorating 16 Days against women and children abuse, which began on Wednesday the 25th of November.
Masango is not new to extreme expeditions. Last year he cycled from Tzaneen to Tanzania and a week later he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the same cause. He is currently in the process of starting a boys leadership academy and a cycling club. For more information and sponsorship for his future campaigns, persons can contact S’phelele Mashobane on 072 299 2822 or follow the Presence into Fatherhood Facebook page.