‘Litsha man honoured

2017-02-02 06:01
 Virginia Yaphi with family members and friends were delighted to witness the Khaya Yaphi Memorial Run held at the Khayelitsha Mall on Saturday morning. The run was sponsored by the Khayelitsha Community Trust and other local businesses.   PHOTO: lili mbontsi

Virginia Yaphi with family members and friends were delighted to witness the Khaya Yaphi Memorial Run held at the Khayelitsha Mall on Saturday morning. The run was sponsored by the Khayelitsha Community Trust and other local businesses. PHOTO: lili mbontsi

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The family of a late Khayelitsha activist said they “felt honoured” after former acquaintances kept his memory alive by naming a race after him.

Khaya Yaphi died in 2006 after a long illness as a result of a car accident.

The KDF stalwart’s name came to life after an 8km race and a 5km fun walk through the streets of Khayelitsha.

The race, aptly dubbed: “Getting Khayelitsha Fit”, saw more than 700 runners and walkers taking part.

An emotional Virginia Yaphi-his mother- said she was grateful to Radio Zibonele, the Khayelitsha Community Trust (KCT) and the KDF and business owners like Mhonko Godze and Boss Jobela who made the event a success.

“It’ touching to know that my son is not only remembered by his family, but by the larger community,” she added.

Radio Zibonele board member Mthetheleli Velem said people like Khaya Yaphi made “a huge contribution to development of Khayelitsha and should be honoured”.

KCT chief executive officer Mkhululi Gaula said they sponsored the event because they believed in building a better Khayelitsha in all aspects.

“KCT has committed itself to helping deserving causes like this one.”

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