Race to honour Yaphi

2017-01-19 06:02
 Virginia Yaphi is happy that her son’s memory is revisited

Virginia Yaphi is happy that her son’s memory is revisited

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The annual Radio Zibonele Fun Run takes a new form this year as it seeks to celebrate the life and times of a community builder and stalwart Khaya Yaphi who died 10 years ago.

The 8km and 5km race and fun walk is now known as the The Khaya Yaphi Memorial Race and will take place on Saturday January 28 from 7am.

Yaphi was knocked down by a car whilst jogging in Swartklip Road and his health suffered immensely afterwards.

The station’s acting manager Mawande Jara said they have rebranded the fun run to “highlight the importance of fitness and road safety combined,”

“This year we have decided to name this fun run after Khaya Yaphi because he served the community of Khayelitsha with pride, motivation and dedication.

“We take fitness seriously and we want to encourage people take part in the race as a way of starting 2017 on a high note,” said Jara.

Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) chairman Ndithini Tyhido said it was a fitting tribute for Yaphi who “dedicated his life to improving living conditions of the people.”

“Yaphi was involved in a range of causes, including the extension of Khayelitsha railway line to Kuyasa, Makhaya and Makhaza the peoples housing projects and convinced the community to embrace this approach,” said Tyhido.

“He had just became aware of the importance of health fitness and we lost a man of great importance.

His death may have robbed us of his life but he lives on in our memories,” he added.

The memorial fun run is being supported by local businesses and the Khayelitsha Community Trust (KCT) - who run the affairs of the Khayelitsha Mall where the race will begin and end.

An excited Virginia Yaphi, Khaya’ s mother told City Vision that she was excited “her son’s contribution can be remembered.”

“We are very happy to witness this occasion and I think many young people can learn from the life of Khaya. He dreamed of a better Khayelitsha and was always talking about it,” said Virginia.

Luminaries like Deputy Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development Mcebisi Skwatsha, former MEC of Education Cameron Dugmore, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, Masizole Mnqasela, business persons like Mhonko Godze, Boss Jobela, Luvuyo Rani have indicated that they will be hitting the road on Saturday morning.

Event co-organisers Zabalaza Foundation’s Wisizwi Mentjies said everything was in order.

“We expect of lot of runners and people who love their fitness. This is a stepping stone to a fitter Khayelitsha,” said Mentjies.

Registration for the run is open and people can do so at the Radio Zibonele offices or at Asijiki Health Shop in Ntlazane Road.

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