ABSA DOES IT FOR MADIBA
Written by: Mbuso Kunene
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Umgungundlovu Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo announced Absa as a new sponsor for the Mandela Day Marathon during a media briefing at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday.
Delivering her speech, Dube-Ncube said that she was excited to share the platform that marked the breakthrough of the growing Mandela Day Marathon.
“Today is menaissance of coming together of partners in a birth of long lasting legacy, as we stand here to toss that union between Absa and Umgungundlovu and I’m certain it will survive many years of challenges (that) lie ahead of us,” said Dube-Ncube.
She hailed Absa saying that they deserved great recognition for their role in the marathon. Dube-Ncube further encouraged other private sector companies to sponsor such events, quoting words of an unknown writer saying: “People who believe they will win they are more likely to put in the effort to ensure victory”.
Mayor Maphumulo said that today marks a milestone of a rewarding journey as the host city was preparing to deliver the 6th edition of the Mandela Day Marathon.
“We wish to commend the relentless effort of the organising team, sponsors, volunteers and the whole KwaZulu-Natal province, despite challenges along the way,” said Maphumulo.
Meanwhile, Head of Public Sector at Absa, Steve Seaka, said that they were proud to be part of the Mandela Day Marathon until the year 2020, sponsoring it with two million rand each year.
“We are excited to be part of this icon marathon and to celebrate the legacy of our late president Nelson Mandela,” said Seaka.
He added that it was through such activities that as the bank they were able to make contribution to local economic development despite the current economic difficult climate.
The marathon is scheduled for the 27th of August 2017 and the entries are open until the 31st of July 2017.
*Caption: (From right to left) Head of Public Sector at Absa Steve Seaka, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Umgungundlovu Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo signing the contract.