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Tshwane launches the Madiba’s Remembrance walk.

The Nelson Mandela Remembrance walk is one of the many great preserves and an initiative by the Gauteng Provincial government to ensure that South Africans find ways to narrate his life in a manner that promotes social cohesion, unity and appreciates the diverse nature of the rainbow nation.

MEC Molebatsi Bopape said that the life and service by Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to the people is inestimable and that it's a life embodied in the history, the present as well as the future.

“It is our bestowed duty as his descendants and those that have enjoyed the fruits of our democracy to ensure that we continue to preserve his legacy. This preservation can't only be captured in books or narrated by historians; it requires our innovation and astuteness in order to ensure that his memory lives on”,

“These are ideals of the yesteryears' generation that stood steadfast in their beliefs, values and commitment to the struggle. We must salute this generation of Tata Mandela and continue to espouse their values in our daily lives. Our society is challenged with socio economic ills that continue to keep the majority of our people entrapped”.

Madiba' political life is largely around Gauteng, from when he formally arrived seeking opportunity to when he faced the draconian rule of apartheid in the Rivonia Trial with fellow stalwarts like Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Khathadra, Dennis Goldberg . 

Former President Nelson Mandela passed on the 5th Dec 2013, with his political history and legacy strongly entrenched in Tshwane. This informs the route that has been chosen which passes at key heritage sites in the City of Tshwane and remains significant in the history. The walk is 5km  and will starts on the 13 December at 8; am.  

Spokesperson for the MEC Gugu Ndima told Spotlight that the Department of Sports, Recreation and Arts& Culture urge the public to come through in joining the walk launch,” The objective is to preserve and celebrate Nelson Mandela”

The walk takes place from Freedom Park, then to Kgosi Mampuru Prison (The Gallows), then the Palace of Justice (Church Square), then Palace of Justice (Church Square) then the route will via Nelson Mandela Street and subsequently ending at the Union Buildings. 

“We have extended an invitation of fellow stalwarts and icons of our struggle that were with Tata Mandela throughout most of his political life until his last days, Andrew Mlangeni, Ruth

Mompati, Sophy De Bruyn, Dennis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada who will give a historical narration at each key site as we proceed. These narrations will be recorded and kept for future generations in the walk”, said MEC Bopape.

The Journey symbolises Tata Mandela's ‘Long Walk To Freedom' in his life and his struggles in realising the ideals which he lived for and was prepared to die for.

There are brand and logo which includes Black Heel that represents the dark history. The name Mandela - Represents a leader who fought fearlessly, tirelessly and selflessly, whose whole life was dedicated to emancipating the people of South Africa.

Bleeding Font it represents all the blood that was shed during the dark days of apartheid. Circle- Symbolises a united nation that continue to grow from strength to strength.

Green- is a symbol of growth and maturity. The colour coded toes - Represents his values of love, peace and prosperity and All Colours- Represent a rainbow nation united through diversity.

MEC Bopape further said that Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela played an instrumental role in realising democracy, and that he remains the founding father for democracy,” as we celebrate 20 years,  we must also interrogate our role in passing on the baton to the next generation. Our history must never whither off in the pit holes of narrators. We must be custodians and guardians of our stories and heroes and heroines”.

The public can obtain the registration forms from the Department of Sports, Recreation and Arts& Culture as well as from the Nelson Mandela Foundation website.

MEC Bopape quoted the following quote from Tata Nelson Mandela: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”- Nelson Mandela

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