S. Africa Prez leads Gandhi Walk in J’burg

The Asian Age - - World - FAKIR HASSEN

South African Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa led nearly 5,000 peo­ple at the an­nual “Gandhi Walk” in Le­na­sia, an In­dian town­ship south of Johannesburg, seek­ing to pro­mote com­mu­nity aware­ness and fit­ness among his coun­try­men.

This was the first time that a sit­ting head of the state joined the walk, now in its 33rd con­sec­u­tive edi­tion, Gandhi Walk Com­mit­tee chair­man Amit Parb­hucha­ran said.

The theme of the walk was “Go­ing Green”, with a strong fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness.

Ramaphosa was on Mon­day joined by In­dia’s high com­mis­sioner to South Africa, Ruchira Kam­boj, Amer­i­can civil rights ac­tivist Rev­erend Jesse Jack­son, popular Gandhi look- alike Harsh va rd han Pi­ta­m­bar, and a host of other dig­ni­taries to kick off the 12 km walk.

“Thank you for invit­ing me and mak­ing me part of this great and won­der­ful Gandhi Walk, and es­pe­cially with the man him­self stand­ing here right next to me — Ma­hatma Gandhi,” Mr Ramaphosa told the cheer­ing crowd as he pointed to Pi­ta­m­bar, who looked the spit­ting im­age of Gandhi in his dhoti, com­plete with bald head, round glasses and a walk­ing stick.

Ramaphosa, a keen walker for health rea­sons, ear­lier said that he was look­ing for­ward to his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Gandhi Walk.

“The Pres­i­dent sub­scribes to the val­ues that

This was the first time that a sit­ting head of the state joined the walk, now in its 33rd con­sec­u­tive edi­tion, Gandhi Walk Com­mit­tee chair­man Amit Parb­hucha­ran said ◗ The walk is or­gan­ised an­nu­ally as a fundraiser by the Gandhi Walk Com­mit­tee ( GWC) to cre­ate a fun so­cial plat­form for na­tion build­ing, good health and pro­mote com­mu­nity aware­ness

the Gandhi Walk rep­re­sents of cre­at­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness and en­sur­ing that we all take part in our na­tion- build­ing project.

“But also, most im­por­tantly, pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles and en­sur­ing that our com­mu­ni­ties are able to come to­gether in a fun way,” said his spokesman Khusela Diko in a state­ment from the Pres­i­dency.

“Al­though we have had a wide range of celebri­ties and lead­ers over the years, and the bless­ings of pre­vi­ous heads of state, in­clud­ing the leg­endary Madiba ( Nel­son Mandela), we are elated that for the first time a head of state joined the ac­tual Walk,” Gandhi Walk Com­mit­tee chair­man Parb­hucha­ran said.

The walk was first started as a small fundraiser to com­plete the Gandhi Hall in Le­na­sia, which has since be­come a ma­jor venue for all com­mu­nity events.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa ( 2nd from left) is joined by Gandhi look- alike Harsh­vard­han Pi­ta­m­bar and Rev­erend Jesse Jack­son to lead 33rd gandhi Walk in Le­na­sia, Johannesburg, on Sun­day.

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