About 27 teams comprised of 190 Department of Correctional Services (DCS) officials, including those living with disabilities were drawn from all six regions to contest in the National Endurance Walk competition, held at the Zonderwater Training College, Gauteng from 01 to 02 June 2022.
During the launch, Chief Deputy Commissioner (CDC) Human Resources, Cynthia Ramulifho congratulated the officials who qualified for the competition, and commended the organisers of the event for doing a sterling job. She encouraged officials to take endurance walk seriously as it is strongly linked to some of their daily duties such as escorting offenders. Furthermore, CDC Ramulifho appealed to the DCS’ National Executive Committee for sports to encourage and include officials living with disabilities in all sporting events and the administration thereof.
Teams participated in the race according to different classifications including Male and Female Senior, Mix Senior, Male and Female Veteran, Mixed Veteran, Single Male and Female walkers, and Persons living with a disability. Day one of the race kicked off at the Zonderwater sports ground where walkers embarked on an imposing 40 kilometres walk from R515 Rayton, through to Nooitgedacht Road, R513, Dr Fabian, before making a turn at Florence Ribeiro Treatment Centre back to the training college. Day two began with participants walking anti-clockwise via R513 back to the college to make up the remaining 35 kilometres of the race. Overall, the participants covered 75 kilometres distance over two days.
An official from Losperfontein Management Area, Nature Ndubane was over the moon after completing the full 75km race incident free. “I would like to thank the department for reviving my lost hope in sports after being involved in a car accident which unfortunately claimed my hand,” he said. Ndubane encouraged all officials within the department who are also living with a disability to participate in sporting codes and further pleaded with DCS management to develop facilities that are user friendly for persons living with disabilities.
Endurance Walk President, Rakesh Ramduth made a commitment that the organising team will continue to support efforts to revive sports in DCS. “We are prepared to work with colleges on recruiting learners in order to revive sports within the department, and we also appreciate the efforts taken by national office to make this possible,” he said.
The two-day event culminated in the hosting of a gala dinner where CDC Ramulifho lit a candle in remembrance of all DCS officials who lost their lives and loved ones to COVID-19, those who died in the line of duty, and those who died due to Gender-Based Violence. The gala dinner was also attended by Correctional Services pensioners and Comrades Marathon veterans, Mr Minki Adoons, Mr Sammy Dlamini and elderly members of the Tshwaranang Ntombi Project. The latter, a Non-Profit Organisation from Refilwe location was identified as a beneficiary in line with the event’ s poverty alleviation programme.
The results for Endurance Walk 2022 are as follows:
|Team Awards||Position 1||Position 2||Position 3|
|Male Senior Teams||GP||LMN||FS/NC|
|Female Senior Teams||FS/NC||GP|
|Mix Senior Teams||LMN||GP||FS/NC|
|Male Veteran Teams||LMN||GP||FS/NC|
|Female Veteran Teams||LMN||FS/NC||EC|
|Mixed Veteran Teams||GP||LMN||KZN|
|Officials living with a disability||Position 1||Position 2||Position 3|
|Mandzi Ladyfair Ntshangase