Sport and Recreation hosts another successful Annual Big Walk event

Big Walk Event

9 October 2018

This past first Sunday of October (07 Oct 2018), the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa hosted a successful Big Walk event attracting over 31000 participants.

The month of October has been declared International Walking Month by (TAFISA) which is, the Association for International Sport for All - of which, the Department of Sport and Recreation is an affiliate. TAFISA holds its Annual World Walking Day on the 4th and 5th of October every year. For the past 6 years the department of Sport and Recreation in its alignment with TAFISA have since hosted the Big Walk in achieving its objective as outlined in the National Development Plan. The NDP encourages citizens to constantly develop the habit of leading an active lifestyle at a young age through participation in sport. It further purports that South Africans need to be more physically active as part of their culture and daily sport and recreation interactions on an equal basis, builds social cohesion and common understanding hence the association with the Big Walk.

The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa took some time off this month of October to encourage all South Africans during this month of October to choose to be active through active recreation and through walking. Sport and Recreation SA through its Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa Minister Tokozile Xasa MP, further echoed the awareness of health benefits associated with Walking.

The Big Walk event has been taking place since 2012 and is continuing to grow each year with this time around attracting over 31000 participants. Provinces also embarked with their own provincial Big Walk day with over 70000 people having successfully registered on line to participate in one of the pillars of "I choose to be active' campaign.

Other government departments that participated in the national Big walk event included Chief Justice Office, GCIS, Department of Public Works, Trade and Industry, to name but a few, with the objective of creating everlasting positive lifestyle. Amongst dignitaries that took part in the event included Minister Tokozile Xasa, Deputy Ministers Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister Mr Andries Nel, office of the MEC of Sports, Arts and Recreation Gauteng, City of Tshwane executive Mayor Solly Msimanga, Former first Lady Bongi Ngema Zuma (Bongi Ngema Zuma Foundation), (Minister of Small business Development (Lindiwe Zulu), Newly appointed President of Cosatu (Zingiswa Losi), Netball President (Mimi Mthethwa), Sisulu Family representative, Mandela Foundation representative, BevSA Foundation and other Partners.

The Big Walk commenced at 07H00 with participants arriving well in advance. Minister Tokozile Xasa commenced the morning by greeting walkers, introduced guests kicked off all walks commencing with the 15km walk, followed by the 10km and the 5km walks respectively.

Walkers upon completion of their walks, those who were still packed with energy were then treated to Aerobics activities inclusive of Zumba, Kata Box 1 and 2, cool down and stretches with the 'I choose to be active' day ending up with live entertainment.

Sport and Recreation South Africa takes this opportunity to once more congratulate all those who took some time off their busy schedules and took part in the Big Walk which is one of the core pillars of its newly launched 'I choose to be active' campaign. You don't have to pay gym for you to be physically active, normal consistent walks also play a tremendous role in ensuring that you remain physically active. I choose to be active, how about you"?? Stated Minister of Sport and recreation South Africa - Minister Tokozile Xasa, MP.