Towards promoting a spirit of nonviolence and ubuntu
29 March 2015 from Phoenix Settlement
This year, 2015, marks the eleventh anniversary of the annual Salt March, which is aimed at commemorating the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi and Nkosi Albert Luthuli for peace and equality and will take place on Sunday 29 March departing from Phoenix Settlement.
"The Salt March is an annual event held in Durban in which people from all walks of life and of diverse cultures come together to celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Inkosi Albert Luthuli, both of who have been vocal in their support for the development of a culture of nonviolence and ubuntu. Our march also commemorates the Freedom Charter and this year marks the 60th anniversary of our Freedom Charter," explains Gandhi Development Trust's Ela Gandhi.
The original Salt March took place from March to April 1930 in India. It was an act of civil disobedience led by Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) to protest British rule in India. Britain's Salt Acts prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt, so Indian citizens were forced to buy the vital mineral from the British. During the march, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi resulting in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself. Gandhi declared resistance to British salt policies to be the unifying theme for his campaign of "Satyagraha," or mass civil disobedience.
Organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Salt March Committee comprising various organizations and individuals. The march begins at Phoenix Settlement where the original Gandhi home stands in Inanda at 7 a.m. The route takes walkers through Inanda Rd and on to North Coast Road uMgeni Rd and to the Kings Park Athletics Stadium - a distance of approximately 18km.
All participants are invited to report to the places from where buses depart from Verulam, Tongaat, Phoenix, Mt Moriah, Chatsworth, Merebank, Umzinto, Inanda, Newlands West and other areas where there are organized groups. Those in Durban report at the Athletics Stadium at 6.00.a.m. Buses will transport you to Phoenix Settlement. There will be secure parking at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
There are kombis ready to pick up tired walkers from all the water and refreshments points. T shirts and medals will be given to all. Refreshments and drinks will be supplied at various points en-route. A hot meal will be provided at the end.
To join this walk you can enroll on line at http://www.gdt.org.za and click on registration for 2015 salt march and then follow the steps. For details call 031 3735486 and speak to Avishkar. or 0827816843
Entry is free and all are welcome. Clubs and schools are encouraged to join as a unit.
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