Gauteng Sport hosts Mandela Remembrance Walk, 11 Dec

Celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of the beloved former state President Nelson Mandela, by participating in the 2016 Mandela Remembrance Walk.

The Gauteng government working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the City of Tshwane will host the 3rd annual Mandela Remembrance Walk on Sunday, 11 December 2016.

Now in its third year following the passing of the beloved President Mandela on 05, December 2013, the 5.3km walk will this time around move from the Union Buildings to Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services starting 8h00.

As in the past it will go through the city center taking the same route used to transport the body of Mandela between 1Military Hospital and the Union Buildings where his body laid in state for public viewing.

The route passes through some of the iconic heritage sites in the story of South Africa's liberation including the Palace of Justice (Church Square) and the Women's Living Monument.

"Nelson Mandela was an important part of the foundation of South Africa's democracy. He lived his life in service of a South Africa that is free and equal for all. His legacy will forever be an inspiration towards building a united and selfless South Africa that seeks to better the lives of all the people.

We do this (the Walk) to honour his commitment to justice, equality and a non-racial South Africa", says Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, MEC for Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko, Mayor of City Tshwane Solly Msimanga and the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang will be among those who will lead the Walk starting with the wreath laying ceremony at the Union Buildings next to Madiba's statue.

Getting fit:

The memorial walk will also cater for fitness enthusiasts who can expect to sweat if off from various physical activities including Aerobics, Katabox, bootcamp, Spinning and many more. With Mandela's love for health and fitness prominently profiled, participants can look forward to getting fit and ready to carry his legacy forward.

Registering for the Walk:

To participate in the Walk members participants need to register for free before closing date on 2 December 2016. Forms are available at local Tshwane Municipal offices, Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation offices at 35 Rissik Street Johannesburg. They can also be accessed on www.sacr.gauteng.gov.za

Park and Ride facilities will be available for free between Jopie Fourie Primary School next to Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services (previously known as Pretoria Central Prison) and at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria West.

Due to upgrades at the Union Buildings no Parking will be allowed in the vicinity thereof. The public is encouraged to arrive early for the Park and Ride.

Source: Government of South Africa.

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