Skwatsha walk a drive for health

2018-09-13 06:00
Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha, in yellow shorts and white T-shirt, joined an aerobic class at NY 49 stadium. Fitness coach Lunga Ndlovu is in the forefront.

Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Mcebisi Skwatsha, in yellow shorts and white T-shirt, joined an aerobic class at NY 49 stadium. Fitness coach Lunga Ndlovu is in the forefront.

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Mcebisi Skwatsha, deputy minister for Rural Development and Land Reform is taking health awareness, peace and unity in Gugulethu to another level.

On Saturday, he led a delegation of more than 50 men and women, young and old on a walk through the streets of Gugulethu.

The walk began at the Gugulethu Seven Monument and ended at NY49 stadium, where an hour long intense aerobic class was conducted. That was not before he took a solo running lap around the stadium.

Talking to Vukani at the end of the session, Skwatsha said he was particularly touched by how young people abused alcohol and drugs.

He said he wanted to get more young people involved in sport, rather than criminal activities, that have a negative impact on their future.

Having grown up in the streets of Gugulethu, Skwatsha said: “Our intention is to grow a healthy nation. We can grow a healthy Gugulethu, Langa and Khayelitsha when we have healthy young people.

“We might not have achieved what we wanted to achieve, but as they see us walking the streets, they will be encouraged, even if they do it on their own. They do not have to join us.

Skwatsha said the walk had been happening every Saturday and will continue.

He challenged young people to make a difference in their respective communities through any means, be it sport, music or politics.

“Each one of us as young people must be able to leave a positive footprint,” he said.

Former rugby player Broadness Cona, 71, was equally ecstatic about the initiative. While most of his peers slept in the comfort of their homes, he braved the cold morning to shake his body. ­He vowed to join future sessions. “Our people do not worry about health and fitness for a long time,” he said. “It is about time that these things are brought to their attention.”

Cona said South Africans, mainly black people, ate a lot of junk food with less consideration about their health. “With this we are going the right direction. When you are generally fit you do not crave,” he said.

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