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Health and wellbeing are the focus of a City-sponsored Health Open Day. The highlight is a 5km fun walk through the most famous township in the world.
TAKE a long stroll around Soweto on Sunday as part of the City’s Health Open Day.


TestingMobile testing units will provide testing for chronic diseasesThe walk, taking place on 20 February, provides a good opportunity to get to know this famous township better. Soweto is the most crowded black urban residential area in the country, with a population of around a million. Due to its proximity to Joburg, the economic heartbeat of the country, it is also the most urban township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.

Soweto’s origins go back to 1903, when Kliptown was established after authorities cleared an inner city slum on the pretext of trying to eradicate an outbreak of bubonic plague.

The Health Open Day, an initiative of Region D’s health department to promote a healthy lifestyle among its residents, will take place at Dobsonville Stadium.

The 5km fun walk will start at the corner of Montlahla and Mngadi streets. From there, the route will turn left into Mondi Street before turning left again into Sibisi Street. From Sibisi Street, it will turn right into Simelane Street and then right into Zungu Street.

From Zungu Street, it will turn left back into Sibisi Street, then left into Sifuba Street and then left into Hashe Street. From Hashe Street, it will turn right at Tyilo Street and then right into Nomwa Street.

It will also traverse Mogorosi, Kgengwa, Ndungayele and Jabulani streets, before finally turning left into Dzana Street and leading back to the stadium.

The Dobsonville Stadium was one of the three stadiums used as training venues during the football World Cup in 2010. Able to seat 24 000, it underwent a R69-million facelift to prepare for the tournament. Once the home ground of Moroka Swallows football team, today it hosts soccer matches and is used for other athletics events.

Though the fun walk will be the highlight of the day, there will be other activities, including aqua aerobics and career guidance. Mobile testing stations will offer testing for chronic diseases.

“The main focus will be on the chronic lifestyle diseases, ie: testing [for] blood pressure, sugar diabetes, pap smears and prostate cancer [and] HIV/Aids counselling and testing,” explained the City’s spokesperson, Nkosinathi Nkabinde.

The fun day is sponsored and organised by the City’s departments of human development, community development and urban management; libraries and information services; Joburg Market; and private stakeholders, including Fresenius Kabi, Oxygen for Life, Nestle, Coca-Cola and Ekhaya Health and Fitness.

Even though participation in the walk is free, those who want to take part must register. Registration forms are available at all City libraries and clinics in Soweto. For more information, contact Busi Phiri on 011 986 0111, Eddie Campbell on 011 986 0108 or Nontsikelelo Letsosa on 011 986 0106.

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