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Sat 4 October 2014

Johannesburg, 4 October – The 2014 OA Tambo Liberation Walk took place at the Dries Niemandt precinct in Kempton Park earlier today. Motivated by Oliver and Adelaide’s commitment towards education, the theme for this year’s walk was ‘Education Liberates’.  The event, which comprised of a 21.1 km run, as well as a 10 km walk and a 5 km fun walk, was officially opened by Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Cllr Mondli Gungubele, Oliver Tambo Junior, and Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula respectively.

Ms Bongiwe Pityi, General Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport said: “We are humbled to be a partner in this event, to promote education, which is the legacy that Oliver Tambo left behind.” The Liberation Walk, which O.R. Tambo International Airport sponsors, is held annually during the first weekend of October, which celebrates the lives of two of Africa’s most passionate freedom fighters - Oliver Reginald and his wife, Adelaide Tambo, is sponsored by. It embodies the ideals of unity and patriotism, which are strongly associated with the stalwarts’ legacy.

“How marvelous it is, to see young and old spirits both running to the finish line in honour of Adelaide and Oliver Tambo. It was wonderful to see, people walking for education, a display of their achievements,” said Mavuso Msimang, CEO of the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation.

Giving the vote of thanks, Ms Pityi said, “The ideals that OR stood for of education, the ability to challenge the status quo, and excellent work ethic and discipline remain relevant, even in today’s society.” O.R. Tambo International Airport continues to consistently work hard with the communities through various educational initiatives to prepare the country’s future leaders. To this end, the airport has donated a fully equipped science laboratory and continuously provides children with school shoes and stationery packs, amongst others.”

The event was well attended by South African celebrities and socialites. The total value of this year’s prizes is estimated at R150 000 and proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s educational initiatives in underprivileged communities.

For more information, please contact:
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis
Airports Company South Africa Spokesperson
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
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