The Big Walk

Big Walk

BACKGROUND

Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) active recreation mandate is derived from the National Sport and Recreation Act 110 of 1998 as amended. Further reinforced by the National Sport and Recreation Plan which states the following as one of the strategic goal:

a.    Citizens access to sport and recreation activities; and
b.    Recreation used as a tool to support relevant governmental and global priorities

SRSA is an affiliated member to The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) which is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. TAFISA's vision and mission is to achieve an Active World by globally promoting and facilitating access for every person to Sport for All and physical activity. In 1991 TAFISA launched the World Walking Day to promote health through walking. The World Walking Day is held first week of October each year and has attracted more than 15 million people to participate every year across the world.

It is for this reason that SRSA in 2012 to align with TAFISA World Walking Day initiative decided on hosting The Big Walk taking place the first Sunday of October each year. The Big Walk as South African version of the World Walking Day since 2012 has been held annually on the first Sunday of October in City of Tshwane only. In 2015 SRSA and all Provincial Department of Sport and Recreation decided on having the Big Walk in all provincial capital cities on the first Sunday of each October.

The National event of the Big Walk has since grown in stature having stated with only less than two thousand (2000) participants to now more than thirty thousand (30 000) participants in 2017. With the inclusion of all provincial events we hope to get more than hundred thousand people walking nationwide on the day across the country.   

The desired outcome of this SRSA initiated and implemented targeted campaign is to promote participation in sport and recreation and also for SRSA to be able to utilise sport and recreation as a medium of building a healthy nation. People directly involved benefit from a significantly enhanced quality of life. In addition, the physical activities people engage in, how they are integrated into community life, the values expressed through them and how they are celebrated; help define the individuals, groups, communities of a nation.

LINK TO THE OVERALL GOVERNMENT LONG AND MEDIUM TERM STRATEGIC

The National Development Plan encourages citizens to constantly develop the habit of leading an active life-style at a young age through participation in sport. It also purports that South Africans need to be more physically active as part of their culture and that daily sport and recreational interactions on an equal basis, build social cohesion and common understanding hence the association with The Big Walk.

Governments' Medium Term Strategic Framework advocates also for the promotion of social cohesion across society through increased interaction across race and class, with the goal that we can establish a diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity. The Big Walk as an SRSA programme, address SRSA commitment to promote participation in sport and recreation. This goal is also outlined in the White Paper for Sport and Recreation as the white Paper continues to encourage citizen's access to sport and recreational activities. This is further auctioned in the National Sport and Recreation Plan in two strategic objectives: Strategic Objective 1: To improve the health and well-being of the nation by providing mass participation opportunities through active recreation; and Strategic Objective 3: To promote participation in sport and recreation by initiating and implementing targeted campaigns.

STAKEHOLDERS

  • Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa
  • All Provincial departments of Sport and Recreation
  • All government departments
  • Coca-Cola
  • Love Life
  • Sport for Social Change

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

  • All citizens irrespective of age, gender, religion and origin
  • Event also encourages participation by families,
  • Corporate community.

Date

The event takes annually on the first Sunday of October.

TAFISA has declared the 4th and 5th of October as World Walking Days. Here in South Africa, we have dedicated the 1st Sunday of October each year to host the Big Walk. The South African government following on the objectives of TAFISA had committed itself to encourage citizens to engage in active healthy lifestyles.

Registration closes on 03 October 2020 (registration is now OPEN)  ..  see REGISTER tab.

 

Venue

Registration Closes: 03 October 2020

BIG WALK 2020:

PROVINCE VENUE THE BIG WALK ACTIVITIES

NATIONAL

Orlando Stadium, SOWETO

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

Fitness Exercises: After the walk participants are welcome to join the group fitness activities which will include Power box, Tai-Chi Combat.

EASTERN CAPE

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5km

FREE STATE

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories:   5km & 10 km

GAUTENG

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

KWAZULU-NATAL

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories:  15, 10 and 5 km

LIMPOPO

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

MPUMALANGA

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

NORTHERN CAPE

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

 

NORTH WEST

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories:  10 and 5 km

WESTERN CAPE

Virtual Walk

07:00

Walk categories: 15, 10 and 5 km

Register

The Big Walk registration closes on 03 October 2020

Click here to register: CLICK HERE

Note : Once on the registration link (click above) - scroll down and select your walk distance , Then the site asks you to register as a customer of WebTickets and thereafter you will be able to complete your BigWalk registration.

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FAQs

This is the Department of Sport and Recreation Programme event encouraging physical activity & healthy lifestyles.

Event that takes the first Sunday of October.

The Big Walk is aligned with TAFISA’s (The Association for International Sport for All) World walking day. TAFISA encourages and lobbies countries to walk by creating advocacy and awareness during October. SRSA is an affiliated member of TAFISA.

Contribution to improvement of the overall wellbeing of the nation and facilitation of active creation campaigns on programmes with a specific focus on designated groups.

Communities throughout all provinces and all The Provincial departments of sport and recreation across the nine provinces.

Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa
Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture
Libraries Department
All National Departments
All Provincial Departments of Sport and Recreation
Corporate institutions
Tertiary institutions
School going leaners
Communities

At the venue selected by National Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa Various venues as selected by various Provincial Sport and Recreation Offices throughout the country.

As per cabinet resolution, event takes place the first Friday of October

The National Recreation Day event attracts over 6000 participants from various age groups and communities experiencing various active recreation activities (dance aerobics, taichi, yoga, fun games, skateboarding, chess and children’s games).

Register on line. Login to www.srsa.gov.za. Complete an entry form which is available at the Department of Sport and Recreation offices at Regent Place 66, Queen Street, Pretoria.

No fees involved & participation is free

After registration you will be notified by a sms that your registration was successful.

Visit the Department’s website for all information relating to the Big Walk or make inquires at Department of Sport and Recreation offices, 66 Regent Place, Queen Str, Pretoria

Contact

BIG WALK 2020:

 

NATIONAL EVENT

 

  Ms Ntombise Mene ntombisem@dsac.gov.za 012 - 304 5169
 
         

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