‘Chariot’ made of spare parts

Beacon Valley mechanical engineer Mogamat Samie with, at the back, Tristan van der Vent, 14, Kirsten Johnson, 12, Faizel Miennies, 8, and Aiden Thomas, 13, and in front: Keanon Johnson, 3, and Cole Williams, 9, on a trike.

Standing on the back of a trike he built with parts in his garage, a mechanical engineer is chauffeured through the streets of Beacon Valley, with local children peddling and hitching a ride.

Mogamat Samie built his “chariot” during lockdown, using wheelchair wheels, a bicycle frame, motorbike parts and hydraulic brakes.

He wants to make 30 of them to use to deliver essential goods from shops to residents’ doors.

“It does not need petrol and does not take much to produce. Young people can build this and go out there to work,” he says.

Mr Samie has a keen interest in community upliftment projects and also teaches unemployed young people to fix bicycles.

“This teaches them a skill and uplifts them to want to do things for themselves.”

He envisions young people wearing “Super Samie” gear, managing their own delivery service.

“I don’t believe in charity,” he says.

“I want to create enough. No petrol needed. For people to use in the area.

“To generate an income for the community.

“My intention with anything is to uplift the community.”