On the 2nd October, over 15,000 people participated in the third annual South African Big Walk community event. The Big Walk is sponsored by the South African Department of Sports and Recreation and is rolled out across all provinces in South Africa.
In Gauteng (the province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria), the Big Walk was supported by
In recognition of World Walking Day, the aim of the event was to promote walking as a leisurely activity suitable to the young and elderly and encourage movement as part of day to day lifestyle. The event is unique in that it is the only national physical activity event that is free for the whole family to enjoy. It also helped to promote social cohesion between government,
The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula stated that the Big Walk plays an important role in getting all communities across South Africa, no matter the age or background, involved in physical activity. “We have worked with The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) to ensure that this activity is accessible to every in South Africa. That’s why we’ve made it free of charge, with the help of partners like
Vukani Magubane, Public Affairs and Communications Director for
All participants received goodie bags and medals as a token of their participation. In addition to offering hydration along the routes, CCBSA played a key role in branding the event and offering entertainment by means of the famous