Former President Nelson Mandela’s Centenary celebrations will come to a rousing end in Pretoria, Tshwane on Sunday 9 December 2018 when thousands of South African residents will again gather for the annual Mandela Remembrance Walk And Run.
Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s event will begin and end at the magnificent Union Buildings and will be a fun day out for the whole family.
Nearly 20 000 people participated in last year’s extremely successful Remembrance Walk and Run and over 30 000 people are expected to attend this year.The walk will be held alongside the Nelson Mandela Liberation Route, a significant tourist attraction, which boasts various heritage sites linked to the former President’s political history.
It will be the last official event of Madiba’s Centenary year, bringing to an end a memorable commemoration programme that paid tribute to the legacy and heritage of the great Statesman in a befitting manner in 2018.
This year’s Remembrance Walk and Run will see the introduction of a 21 km Half Marathon, together with a 5 km walk and a 10 km run.
“We want to thank all South Africans and the global community for the warm, wonderful manner in which they’ve embraced the Mandela Centenary celebrations. It’s been a phenomenal, humbling year which has paid fitting tribute to Madiba’s legacy and we want to encourage people from all walks of life to come out in their thousands to end this Centenary year by participating in the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run. This event has become a huge highlight on the South African calendar and we are confident this one will be the best yet,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of The Nelson Mandela Foundation.
“The Gauteng Province is honoured to have played a central role in former President Nelson Mandela’s Centenary celebrations this year. Madiba lived his life in service to a free and equal society for all and we will again be doing the Remembrance Walk and Run to honour his commitment to justice, equality and a non-racial South Africa. We are urging people to come out in huge numbers to be part of this very special event,” said Ms Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
Just some of the highlights of spectacular Mandela Centenary Year celebrations were the annual Mandela Lecture addressed by former United States President Barack Obama, the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, Barcelona’s game against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, the unveiling of a Madiba Statue at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as well as the upcoming Global Citizen festival at which the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z and a host of local and international stars will perform.
Now, all Gauteng residents and beyond are encouraged to register to participate in the Mandela Remembrance Walk And Run to end off an unforgettable year in the best possible fashion.
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 Madiba’s legacy. Other sponsors for the Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run are the City of Tshwane, ASPEN Pharma Care, Lotto, Jacaranda FM and Independent Media.