Gauteng province plans opening of Nelson Mandela Bridge

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The government of South Africa's Gauteng province has announced plans for a marathon festival in Johannesburg on 20 July to mark the official opening of the city's landmark project, the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
The bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Southern Africa.
The race is scheduled to start on the multi-million-rand Bridge and proceed through Braamfontein, the inner city before ending at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.
The date for the race has been chosen to coincide with celebrations marking former president Nelson Mandela's 85th birthday.
The marathon is an opportunity for athletes and ordinary members of the public to make a contribution towards the regeneration of the Johannesburg inner city, Gauteng economic affairs and tourism minister, Jabu Moleketi, told journalists here Tuesday.
Mandela is scheduled to attend and participate in various festivities, including presenting prizes to the winning athletes.

22 january 2003 10:44:00

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