Mayor wishes EMM athletes good luck in Comrades

Executive mayor of Ekurhuleni Clr Mzwandile Masina and MMC Dora Mlambo bid farewell to the municipal athletes that will run the Comrades Marathon.

The executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mzwandile Masina, has urged the 45-member athletic team to represent the city well at the Comrades Marathon to be held on June 10 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

The mayor was speaking during a farewell event he held for the team on June 5.

The team is led by the city’s chief operations officer (COO), Lesiba Mojapelo, who will run his debutante Comrades Marathon.

Mojapelo said participation in sports, such as running the Comrades Marathon, develops key values, such as time management and personal health, that are critical in the workplace.

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Masina said he wished that the team grow in numbers and quality of athletes so that it produces more champions who can assist other residents who aspire to be athletes.

“You have already reached a required physical fitness to participate in this race, and you can assist others through mentoring and coaching to achieve their desire to participate in this prestigious marathon,” he said.

The municipality assists its athletes to participate in the race in pursuit of its objective of fostering social cohesion and nation building through sports, arts and culture so that people can learn to live and work together.

“We can conquer the dividing lines that are always there in our society,” said Masina.

Papie Msimang is one of the municipal officials who will participate in the Comrades Marathon.

He attributed the team’s resolve to participate and bring back medals to the support they have received from the city and the mayor.

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Khutso Maphatsoe
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