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KZN welcomes cyclists for Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride

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KZN to welcome cyclists with open arms for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride4Hope Supplied KZN to welcome cyclists with open arms for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride4Hope

Seven days left for Legacy Ride

August 21, 2018 

Staff Reporter 

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) is welcoming cyclists from various parts of the country who will participate in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride4Hope, from Soweto to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

The race takes place from August 28-31.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for Tourism, Phindile Makwakwa said: “The Legacy Ride4Hope will not only see cyclists and sportsmen and women descending on KZN but also supporters and interested travellers.

“They will be able to, not only experience the Province providing good weather and good terrain for the cyclists, but they too can enjoy warmth of our hospitality in Newcastle and Ladysmith, where for instance Oscar winning musical group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, hails from.

“It is not just a ride. It is journey to unravel the mystery of what KZN has to offer."

“This initiative is critical for the ordinary traveller who wants to honour the traditions of the past. For instance, archaeological monuments such as the Nelson Mandela capture site can articulate the traditions, customs and heritage of the past.

“For tourists these messages and symbols have various dimensions. It is a journey of exploration of one’s history and memory. It is not just a ride. It is journey to unravel the mystery of what KZN has to offer,” added Makwakwa. 

The initiative will also enhance township tourism which has a vital role to play in the tourism sector. 

“The initiative will also enhance township tourism which is an important segment in the tourism sector. The journey begins in Soweto which is a large sprawling township which has become known worldwide. What township tourism does is it encourages participation from the locals and the disadvantaged communities as well as contributes towards the local economy," said Makwakwa. 

This Legacy Ride4Hope aims to of raise funds and create awareness about the Mandela centenary celebrations.

Along the route the Province will present itself with unparalleled opportunities to experience authentic Zulu and African cultures first-hand, as well as see explore the various destinations that are filled with rich history.

 

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