Marching in the spirit of ubuntu

2016-04-21 06:00

THE much anticipated annual Mahatma Gandhi Salt March, organised by the Gandhi Development Trust, will be held this Sunday, 24 April in a display of unity through community.

This year the march will cover five kilometres, starting and finishing at the amphitheatre on the uShaka Marine World beachfront in Durban.

The purpose of the march is to show communal solidarity in line with the principles of ubuntu and non-violence. It also celebrates the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and Chief Albert Luthuli, who both tirelessly fought for racial equality.

The march has a tradition of drawing together people from all walks of life; citizens who join hands in a collective call for a peaceful, non-racial and caring society.

The march is not and has never been a fundraising project, but rather serves as an appeal for peace, justice and equality in our fractured society. The Gandhi Development Trust appeals to all community organisations and individuals on the North Coast who identify with these ideals to participate in the march.

There is no entry fee and participants can register online quickly and easily online at or on the day of the march between 7.30am and 8.30am. The march sets off at 9am, with the entire programme coming to end by 11.30am.

Spokesperson for the Trust, Kidar Ramgobin, said that participants can expect to further strengthen their community spirit by taking part in the morning.

“By participating, we can once again pledge our support to build a strong fellowship on solid principles. Let’s make this year’s march the event of the year for non-violence,” said Ramgobin. Contact the Gandhi Development Trust on 031 373 5486 or email

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