Gugs Race: Siv Ngesi ignites young run­ners

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TV SEN­SA­TION and Gugulethu-raised star Sivuy­ile “Siv” Ngesi says he is in­spir­ing young­sters ahead of the RCS Gugulethu Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Race next month, where he will be the MC.

Or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with the Cape Times, the race is sched­uled to take place on De­cem­ber 16.

This year, more than 1 500 run­ners will be tak­ing part.

The race starts and ends at the NY49 Sta­dium in Gugulethu and in­cludes a 10km race and a 4.2km fun run.

Ngesi said: “I was raised in Gugulethu. My fam­ily is from there. And the most amaz­ing thing is that the com­mu­nity comes out and sup­ports the run­ners.

“The chil­dren get sweets from all the run­ners.

“It (RCS Gugulethu Race) shows that you can be in a town­ship and be safe. You can bring busi­ness and cre­ate work in the town­ships and it ac­tu­ally is a com­mu­nity like most sub­urbs.

“So peo­ple do not have to leave Gugulethu. They can ac­tu­ally stay and make money.”

As the of­fi­cial MC of the event, he shared his views: “I think it is al­ways good to show the young that you can ac­tu­ally live in Gugulethu and still travel the world and make your dreams a re­al­ity while com­ing from Gugulethu.

“A lot of times I will get a num­ber of fa­thers who point at me and say to their chil­dren, ‘you see that kid, he made it from Gugulethu’.”

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Day, Ngesi said, “with­out rec­on­cil­i­a­tion I do not think South Africa would

‘We could all learn a lot about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion from Nel­son Man­dela’

be the coun­try that it is today. It has taught us a lot.

“We can learn a lot from for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela.

“I think at the mo­ment South Africa has a sig­nif­i­cant state of af­fairs, but I think De­cem­ber 16 is a very im­por­tant day to look back and see how far we have come.

“There are many South Africans who have rec­on­ciled with big­ger dif­fer­ences.

“I think any Capeto­nian (should come out and sup­port the run­ners). I think my friend (co­me­dian) Marc Lot­ter­ing must be there.

“All my fa­mous friends – Stu­art Tay­lor who is a co­me­dian, (mu­si­cian) Jack Parow is a good friend of mine, (Olympic cham­pion) Caster (Se­menya) is in town, (rugby player) Siya Kolisi when he gets back in town – will also be there.

“All of them are good friends of mine and I would love to get them to the race, es­pe­cially Siya (Kolisi), and I will drag him to the race,” Ngesi said.

Spot prizes, food stalls and loads of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the young ones make this the per­fect fam­ily out­ing day.

To en­ter, visit www.en­try­time.co.za.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Africa/ANA

ON YOUR MARKS: The RCS Gugulethu Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Race, which is held in part­ner­ship with the Cape Times, will take place on De­cem­ber 16.

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