THE NELSON MANDELA Foundation, the Gauteng Provincial government and the City of Tshwane launched the 2017 Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run-fourth edition.
At the launch, the Foundations’ trustee Tokyo Sexwale shared some of his memories from the time he spent with Madiba on Robben Island to when they both served a democratic South Africa.
“Today we are gathered in this safe space to remember Madiba. In his name, we always strive to remind people of his values in his own long walk to freedom. This walk – and now run – symbolises a commitment to Madiba’s beliefs and ideals.
There comes a time, as a country, when we have to walk, and a time when we have to run,” he said.
Sexwale announced this year’s theme of “Remembering Madiba: Deepening democracy and building an inclusive society” was chosen as a reminder for all to reflect on the society and the world Madiba dreamt of.
He made reference to the activity of walking and running as symbolism for what we all South African should do to catch up with the world. “We are behind and must walk faster and run to address some of the promises that were made to the people.
This call reminds us to continue to fight injustice whenever it shows itself, and to build and country of Mandela’s dreams. “
Sexwale also lamented that he’s very disappointed in today’s government.
Speaking on behalf of Premier David Makhura, Ivor Hoff: Chief Director Sport & Recreation, used the occasion to announce the introduction of a 10km run to prelude the 2018 centenary celebrations of the late former President’s South African commemoration programme, which will ensure that the legacy and heritage of Madiba is appropriately celebrated.
Hoff encouraged everyone to come out and take part in the remembrance walk and run activities and help remember the sacrifice, courage and patriotism that Madiba dedicated to his country.
The race route goes pass five heritage sites, presenting the perfect opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with the country’s rich history in real time.
This year also sees an introduction of a market, where runners and families can mingle and enjoy themselves in the spirit of Madiba.
15 000 participants took part in 2016 and this year entries have been capped at 20 000 participants.
The Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run takes place on Sunday 10 December 2017 from the Union Buildings Pretoria, Tshwane.
Registration forms are available for collection; please see website for address and online details.
Closing date for both hand in and online applications is 30 November 2017, alternatively you can hand them in at the Union Building from 7-10 December between 05:00- 07:00.
10Km @ 07:30 R 80.00
5 Km @ 07:30 R 50.00
Early bird specials applicable, details available on the website. Entry fees includes race entry, goodie bag with t-shirt & cap. Which will only be available on race day.
All proceeds raised from the entry fees are donated to The Nelson Mandela Foundation to continue with the work the foundation does to preserve and promote the Madiba legacy!