Mandela Marathon appoints keen young fan as ambassador

2013-08-14 00:00

AFTER his father ran the Mandela Day Marathon last year, Msizi Ndlovu from Willowfountain wanted to be a marshal for this year’s race.

The 12-year-old Forest Hill Primary School pupil wrote an e-mail to race organisers asking them if he could take part as a marshal.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t be considered as he is not old enough, but organisers were not about to curb his enthusiasm.

He will now be one of the race ambassadors. Speaking to The Witness at his school yesterday, Msizi said he was happy and couldn’t wait for marathon day.

Ndlovu will ride in the lead car, and will also be given VIP status at the finish.

“My parents are very proud of me that I am an ambassador,” he said.

Msizi, who loves soccer and athletics, hopes to run the marathon one day when he is older.

His father, Mnikwa Ndlovu, said he was happy that his son was given the opportunity. Although Ndlovu won’t be taking part this year due to injury, he will be on the side of the road encouraging other runners.

School principal Roslyn Barnes said they were proud of Msizi.

“As a school, we are extremely excited that one of our pupils has taken the initiative to request to be a marshal.

“ We are extremely proud that our pupils have the potential to expose themselves to outside sources and not limit themselves to the confines of the school,” she told The Witness.

The marathon will take place on Sunday, August 25 and will be run from Manayi Hall in Imbali to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site outside Howick. Among those taking part are Comrades legends Bruce Fordyce and Stephen Muzhingi, and the reigning up-run champion Claude Moshiywa.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.