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    Mandela remembrance walk and run

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

    Thousands of participants have started collecting their entries for this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run, which takes place this Sunday 9 December at Tshwane’s Union Buildings.

    Race collection points opened at the Nelson Mandela Foundation today and will now move to the Union Buildings on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December between 09:00 and 19:00.

    Late registrations will still be accepted at the Union Buildings race collection point this weekend ahead of the event on Sunday, which sees the introduction for the first time this year of a 21 km half-marathon, in addition to the 5 km walk and 10 km run of previous editions.

    Online entries for the event will remain open at until midnight on Friday 7 December.


    The entry fee is R50 for the 5 km walk, R100 for the 10 km run and R150 for the 21 km run, which will have a nominal winner’s prize money of R5 000 for the elite runners in each age and gender category taking on the 10 km and half-marathon route.


    All participants will receive drawstring bags from Lotto containing a Lotto shirt, cap and some more event goodies.


    Some of South Africa’s top personalities have confirmed their participation in this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run on Sunday, which will be a special family event that will take in special points of significance in Madiba’s and South Africa’s political journey.

    Bafana legends Shaun Bartlett, Doctor Khumalo and Aaron Mokoena are taking part, as are wheelchair tennis sensation Kgothatso Montjane and elite athletes such as 2016 Comrades winner Charne Bosman, who has been joined this week in the race by another former Comrades winner, the popular Ludwick Mamabolo.


    Olympian Christine Kalmer, former SA marathon champ Benedict Moeng and former World Student Games half-marathon silver medallist Collen Mulaudzi will also be participating.


    Charismatic businessman, former Gauteng Premier and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, has also confirmed his participation, as has Khumbul ‘ekhaya presenter Andile Gaelesiwe.


    These are just some of the exciting big names who will join a throng of thousands of people expected to participate in this very special event that will also honour revered political activists and stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Margaret Gaso.

    Entertainment on the day will be provided by traditional Afro pop group Candy, the Sophiatown Sisters and DJ Juvenile, while the event MC is popular Tshwane-based comedian Shampoonizer. Local development artists on the programme include Urban Dance and Rockaffela, and fitness sessions for the family will be presented by the Bophelong Fitness Club.


    Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s 10 and 21 km events will begin and end at the magnificent Union Buildings at 19:00 and will be a fun day out for the whole family. The 5 km walk will begin at 09:00 at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison and end at the Union Buildings.

    “We are all set for what promises to be an exciting weekend, which marks the end of the Mandela Centenary celebrations for the year. South Africans have paid a warm and special tribute this year to Madiba and Ma Albertina Sisulu, and this event represents another opportunity to celebrate these icons while enjoying a fun, festive day out with the whole family. Let’s all converge on the Union Buildings on Sunday for what is sure to be a memorable event,” said Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation.

    The 21 km has proved to be a popular addition to this year’s event, with over half the entries received thus far signing up for the half-marathon route, as the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run becomes a popular event on the South African road-running calendar.

    There will be loads of entertainment for the kids, and childminders will be available to look after them. There will also be food stalls and fitness displays at the event.


    There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honour of the former president at 08.15.


    The event’s parking/park-and-ride plan is as follows:


          Park-and-ride: Pilditch Stadium

          Park-and-walk: Pretoria Art Museum

          Parking: On streets that are not closed off in the vicinity of the Union Buildings


    For more event details and to register for the event go to


          FB: MandelaRW

          Twitter: mandelarw

          IG: Mandelawalk

          Hashtag #MandelaRWR 



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