“The 5.3km walk will this time around move from the Union Buildings to Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services”‚ but will‚ “as in the past … go through the city centre taking the same route used to transport the body of Mandela between 1Military Hospital and the Union Buildings where his body laid in state for public viewing”.
The route also “passes through some of the iconic heritage sites in the story of South Africa’s liberation including the Palace of Justice (Church Square) and the Women’s Living Monument”‚ a statement said.
“Nelson Mandela was an important part of the foundation of South Africa’s democracy. His legacy will forever be an inspiration towards building a united and selfless South Africa that seeks to better the lives of all the people‚” Gauteng MEC for sport‚ arts‚ culture and recreation Faith Mazibuko said.
“We do the walk to honour his commitment to justice‚ equality and a non-racial South Africa.”
The Gauteng government is working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the City of Tshwane on the walk.
“With Mandela’s love for health and fitness prominently profiled‚ participants can look forward to getting fit and ready to carry his legacy forward‚” the statement said.