Hiking to free the mind

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Tour guide Pierre MortonTalking to the hikers while they were sitting at Peers Cave in Fish Hoek.
Tour guide Pierre MortonTalking to the hikers while they were sitting at Peers Cave in Fish Hoek.

Easter holiday is generally time for Christians to renew their faith, while celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, for a group of people from Langa, this year’s Easter meant a different expedition. The group of non-governmental organisation (NGO) founders as well as business people from the area decide to embark on an educational expedition by going on a hike.

On Saturday 3 April, the group visited Simon’s Town beach and Peers Caves before hiking Peers Hill in Fish Hoek. This, to learn and understand environment better.

NGOs that took part in the hike included #LangaForMen, Qula Kwedini, Side By Side, Kudzi Internet Café, Zone 17 and Langa Township Mountaineers.

Luyolo Lengesi, co-founder of #LangaForMen (a NGO focused on youth, especially men educating them about gender-based violence and gender equality so women and young girls can be free), described the event as an eye opener for all the participants. He said it gave them an opportunity to connect with nature.

“We decided just to go away from the noisy township life and find our own space where we will connect with nature,” Lengesi said. “We also had an opportunity to have a session where we shared our challenges as leaders and business people.”

He challenged other black people to move out of their comfort zones and explore the world. “Being in one’s own space, with nature only as company, meditating, can also relieve stress,” Lengesi said. “We need to change our lifestyle and way of thinking so that we can see things different.”

Founder of Qula Kwedini Sisa Nobanda says its aim was to encourage loosening up and seeing the other side of life.

“There is a difference between sea life and inland life,” he said. “So, we wanted to explore and learn about sea life and nature at the same time. We wanted to move away from township life, going out to experience another part of life.”

Qula Kwedini is an NGO that fights against drug abuse. It also focuses on the youth and teaches them life skills.

Nobanda said it is essential for parents to allow their children to go out and explore life. “If you are staying in one place your imagination becomes limited,” he said. “You only see and know the area that you are living in. As parents we need to create a sober space where our children can feel free without being disturbed.”

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