“Take a stand and join a walk for peace and unity.” This is the call from local businesswoman, Jacquie Biess, who, with her daughters Alex, Daniella and Roche – all of Charly’s Bakery, has made on all Capetonians, as the threat of xenophobic violence threatens to raise its head again.This weekend, Cape Town is hosting the Ubuntu festival, which culminates with Mandela Day on Sunday 18th July.
Jacqui and her daughters are organising the Charly’s Bakery Fanwalk for Peace and Unity for Mandela Day. “We are calling for Capetonians to join us on the Cape Town Fan Walk for our walk for Peace and Unity to celebrate our Tata Nelson Madiba Mandela’s 92nd birthday and to honour his legacy and to say NO to Xenophobic violence.
“South Africans experienced a month of magic. We felt alive, united and inspired. We felt safe. We walked the streets of Cape Town for the 1st time in years and felt the magic of our city. Our relationship with our country & and our people grew to new heights. We fell in love with our country again. This walk is not political, it’s not about blame, it is about keeping the gees & unity of the World Cup alive…opening our hearts and keeping South African unity a reality,” they said.
The planned route starts off at St George’s Cathedral, moves along St George’s mall, and links up with the bridge which crosses over Buitengracht street, which crosses over onto Somerset road and then past the Cape Quarter into Green Point. The walk will take place from 12:00 to 14:00.
“So please join us from 12-2 at St George’s Cathedral, bring your friends and families and anyone else who would like to join, and show your support for peace and human rights as we walk the Fan Walk.
“Let us not close our hearts and our homes to our people. We ALL screamed our lungs out for Africa & all Africans and let the tears roll as we saw Ghana lose to Uruguay. Let us hold onto Africa proudly saying “These are OUR people!”
“Our Tata has shown us what it means to be free and to be able to live without fear of being who you are. He did it for 67 years, we can do it for 67 minutes,” they said.
Date: Sunday, 18 July 2010
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Starting point- St Georges Cathedral