KZN BMX Riders Set to Shine at African Continental Championships


South Africa’s BMX community is abuzz with excitement as the African Continental Championships (AFCON) draws near, set to take place at Busters BMX Club in Bulawayo on the 21st of April. Among the contingent of 58 riders selected to represent South Africa, an impressive 12 hail from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). This significant representation underscores the region’s growing prominence in the sport and signals a promising future for BMX in South Africa.

The selection of these KZN riders is a testament to their tenacity, hard work, and unwavering commitment to their craft. BMX racing demands not only physical prowess but also mental fortitude, and these riders have demonstrated these qualities consistently, earning their well-deserved spots on the national team.

The KZN riders chose to compete at AFCON include:

  • Emily Eloff
  • Rylee van Heerden
  • Parker Mann
  • Nehemia Kitaba
  • Dominic Eggar
  • Chad Carroll
  • Altus van Staden
  • Tate Barnard
  • Gabriel Santos
  • Dylan Martin
  • Sanele Shozi
  • Shai Duke-Norris
  • Christopher Axford
  • Ntethelelo Nzama


Among this talented group, special recognition must be given to Sanele Shozi and Ntethelelo Nzama, who both hail from the Giba development team. In recent months, Shozi and Nzama have captured attention with their exceptional performances, showcasing not only their current skill but also the immense potential they hold for the future of BMX in South Africa. Their dedication and determination serve as inspiration to aspiring young riders across the country.

The success of Shozi, Nzama, and other development riders would not have been possible without the generous support and guidance provided by key individuals and organizations within the BMX community. Alec Lenferna of KZN Cycling and Chris and Jo Harburn of Giga Group have been instrumental in raising funding for development riders and providing continuous support to nurture talent at the grassroots level. Their contributions have played a vital role in fostering a thriving BMX culture in KZN and beyond.

As the chosen riders prepare to represent South Africa on the continental stage, they carry not only the hopes of their region but also the pride of the nation. Their journey to AFCON is a culmination of years of dedication, sacrifice, and passion for BMX racing. Regardless of the outcome, these riders have already achieved a significant milestone by earning the opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.

The AFCON event not only serves as a platform for fierce competition but also fosters camaraderie and friendship among BMX enthusiasts from across the African continent. It is a celebration of the sport’s spirit of inclusivity and unity, bringing together riders of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

As the countdown to AFCON begins, the BMX community in KZN eagerly awaits the opportunity to cheer on their local heroes as they strive for excellence on the BMX track. With their determination and talent, these riders are poised to make their mark and leave a lasting impression on the African BMX scene. Let us rally behind them and show our unwavering support as they chase their dreams and inspire future generations of BMX riders in South Africa.

Author Ryan Berry