Pretoria – Gauteng says plans to celebrate the life and memory of the
late former President Nelson Mandela next week are at an advanced stage.
South Africans will on 5 December mark the first anniversary since the
passing of the struggle icon.
The 6-km Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk will take place on 13 December
through the streets of Pretoria. According to the Gauteng Department of
Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mandela’s family and veterans
including Andrew Mlangeni, Dennis Goldberg, Ruth Mompati, Sophia de
Bruyn, Ahmed Kathrada and many others will participate.
Held under the theme “Mandela’s Legacy Lives On”, the walk is meant to
bring people together in reminiscence of the values espoused by the
founding father of South Africa’s democracy to unite and embrace each
other as fellow human beings.
“The Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk, which henceforth will be an
annual event, is attracting people beyond Gauteng. With only 10 000
people targeted for the walk, we call upon people to register early to
avoid disappointment,” said MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation
About the route
The route for the walk is along the iconic sites in the history and
transition of South Africa.
Starting at Freedom Park, the walk will pass Kgosi Mampuru Correctional
services which symbolises the sad history of the gallows that are
housed there; Church Square which symbolises the Palace of Justice
following the Rivonia Trial; via Lillian Ngoyi’s Square; and the Union
Buildings which since 1994 has been a symbol of victory of freedom and
“Let’s do it for our father, grandfather, reconciler and nation builder
and join the walk in advancing Mandela’s ideals.
“By celebrating and honouring him we’ll also be committing to building
a better South Africa for future generations who’ll never have a chance
to live in the life and time of Mandela” said MEC Bopape.