Nelson Mandela Foundation

Media release – Remembering Madiba: Deepening democracy and building an inclusive society

Date: 15 November 2017

From: the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Today the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), the Gauteng provincial government and the City of Tshwane launched the 2017 Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run, in its fourth year of existence.

At the launch, NMF trustee Tokyo Sexwale shared some of his memories of 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 that 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 activities of walking and running as a symbol of what all South Africans 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,” he said.

This call reminds us to continue to fight injustice whenever it shows itself, and to build a country that matches Mandela’s dreams.

Speaking on behalf of Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Mr Ivor Hoff, Chief Director in the Gauteng Department of Sport & Recreation, announced the introduction of a 10km run to prelude the 2018 centenary celebrations marking the 1918 birth of the late former president. The run will kick off the South African commemoration programme, which will ensure that the legacy and heritage of Madiba are appropriately celebrated.

Hoff encouraged everyone to come out and take part in the remembrance walk and run activities, and help to remember the sacrifice, courage and patriotism that Madiba dedicated to his country.

The race route goes past five heritage sites, presenting the perfect opportunity for participants to familiarise themselves with the country’s rich history.

This year also sees the introduction of a market, where runners and families can mingle and enjoy themselves in the spirit of Madiba.

About 15 000 participants took part in the 2016 event, while entries for 2017 have been capped at 20 000 participants.

Race information

The Mandela Remembrance Walk & Run will take place on Sunday 10 December 2017, starting from the Union Buildings in Tshwane (Pretoria).

Please see the website for the address and online details, as well as entry details.

Distance, entry fee and starting times:

  • 10km @ 7.30am; R80
  • 5km @ 7.30am; R50

Early-bird specials are applicable – details available on the website. Entry fees include race entry and goodie bag with T-shirt and cap (only available on race day).

All proceeds raised from the entry fees are donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to continue the work the Foundation does to preserve and promote the legacy of Madiba.

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