Minister Xasa embarks on the I choose 2B active walk with the masses of Bitou Municipality

28 March 2019

Bitou Local Municipality (formerly known as Plettenberg Bay Municipality) is the municipality part of Garden Route District Municipality, it is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa with the municipality code is WC047.

This municipality (Bitou) covers an area of 992 square kilometres (383 sq mi) between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains around the town of Plettenberg Bay. It is the easternmost municipality on the coast of the Western Cape, with its eastern edge at the Bloukrans River forming the border with the Eastern Cape. It borders on the Knysna Municipality to the west, the George Municipality to the northwest, and the Kou-Kamma Municipality to the east.

For most to travel to Bitou municipality, they will have to take a flight to George and drive for approximately 40 minutes using the N2 national road which is a major component of the Garden Route / cynic route.

This Human Rights day, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister Tokoxile Xasa MP, under the instruction of the President of the Republic, Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa had to visit Bitou Municipality with the objective of putting into effect the President THUMA MINA campaign.

Minister Xasa arrival was welcomed by Executive Mayor Mr Peter Lobase and Deputy Executive Mayor, Mr Sandiso Gcabayi of Bitou Local Municipality. Minister Xasa visit encompassed the Human Rights Day ‘I choose 2B Active' 5 KM walk which commenced at the Plattenburg Bay Industrial passing through Kwanokuthula Township and ending up at Kwanokuthula Community Hall. The walk was then followed by an Imbizo and sports equipment handover to the local clubs and schools.

The I choose 2B active walk attracted over 1500 community members who walked alongside the Minister and The Deputy Mayor Mr Sandiso Gcabayi manoeuvring through the township of Kwa – Nokuthula, ending up at the packed to rafter hall of Kwa – Nokuthula Township.

In delivering her message to the members of Kwa – Nokuthula as per the Instruction of the President of the Republic, the Minister indicated that she has noted the concerns as articulated by the locals and has equally identified the needs including the lack of sport facilities where the kids and community can be able to nourish talent and interact. She further made an appeal to the community to invest in their health and embark on activities that will be able to boost their health including taking constant walks so that they remain physically fit. “From this Human Rights Day onwards, None of you have to pay for GYM membership to remain or stay physically active, what you only need is constant walks both in the morning and the afternoon, so that you can stay physically active. #Ichoose2BActive, what about you” – stated Minister Tokozile Xasa.                

Upon conclusion of the well-received day, the Minister wrapped up the proceedings of the day by handing over sport attire and equipment to 5 primary schools, 2 high schools and 5 local sport clubs to the excitement of the locals.

“I so wish we could have a sport facility where we can be able to get everyone involved in ensuring that we produce future Kwa – Nokuthula stars that can go out there and serve as great ambassadors for the Bitou Municipality” – stated Deputy Mayor Sandiso Gcabayi. 

The event was wrapped up by wonderful melodies of Phakamisa Primary School as themselves and the community sang along in waving the Minister and her entourage good bye.