Since its inception the project has been identified as a catalyst between nature and the people of affected areas were the walk passes-through, although some of the Chiefs in the past were against it for reasons best known to them.
Now that it is receiving an enormous backing from the local government, multitudes of citizens in the province now associate with it. The Heritage Walk begins from Madikwe corridor to Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
The 108 kilometers’ walk will take place over four days between the June 31 and 03 June 2013.
Heritage Park Walk is synonymous with national sporting figures, celebrities and local Councillors, amongst others.
It is the brainchild of North West Parks& Tourism Board whose mandate is to market, promote and conscientious the people of the province on what the board does.
The Walk has been considered as one of the tools to market the province.
This year though, the organizers have added the element of football to the project.
According to Monde Kakula, NWT spokesperson, we’ve added the element of football as part of involving everyone in the communities affected by the walk.
“The North West Parks & Tourism Board brand should and always be represented in all four corners of the province.
Heritage Park Walk pre- soccer tournament is a special tribute to disadvantaged communities as they are now presented with an opportunity to relate amongst themselves and to start a dialogue on what shapes their villages on the development side,” Kakula.
Kgosi Pilane of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela is excited at the prospect of the news and has promised his Nation that the 2010 World Cup training facility Moruleng Stadium, will be used for the finals on May 25.
As a precursor to the ‘Heritage Walk’ amateur teams in and around Madikwe and Pilanesberg are already battling it out to reach the finals. Winners will receive floating trophy, medals, soccer jersey and soccer balls.
For more information on the Heritage Park Walk, football results and fixtures go to:www.tourismnorthwest.co.za