First of its kind 54 Races for Peace and Unity in Africa to be launched

Boasting a staggering land area spanning 30.4 million square kilometres, Africa is the second largest continent in the world. Notwithstanding this fact, JM Busha, a Joburg-based investment company, is challenging Africa to lead the way in advancing peace and unity on the continent with a one-of-a-kind race.

The JM Busha 54 Races for Peace and Unity aims to be the first continent-wide mass-based participation spectacle by hosting 54 races in 54 countries on Africa Day, celebrated on 25 May each year. However, according to one of the event organisers, this vision is yet to materialise.

“From a logistics perspective, the aim is to form partnerships with the different stakeholders in each country, including local government, sports clubs, churches and civil society organisations,” said CEO of JM Busha, Joseph Busha.

“Race ambassadors – key individuals that exemplify the message of the 54 Races – and student ambassadors will play a strong role in the development and promotion of the race in their respective countries.” The first such race will take place in Zimbabwe on 25 May, followed by one in Joburg on 28 May, and a third planned for Kenya later on in the year.

According to Busha, the race is a citizen-driven initiative aimed at encouraging individuals to take responsibility for peace, among other things. “The objective of 54 Races is threefold – to educate and promote peace through sport; to engage and enrol individuals and institutions to actively promote and pledge peace, unity accountability and responsibility at all levels of society, organisations, and governments; and to raise money for the African Union for peacekeeping missions, mediation efforts and crisis management in Africa,” he explained.

Through a dedicated student ambassadors programme, JM Busha aims to incentivise student ambassadors to develop solutions to problems within their own countries. Undisclosed prize money will be awarded for the winning solution. In conjunction with the City of Joburg and Central Gauteng Athletics, the Johannesburg race – under the banner, National Peace Pledge Marathon – will be hosted at Rand Stadium in Rosettenville.

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Race information:

Standard Fees

  • 42km distance – R160
  • 21km distance – R110
  • 5km distance – R70

NB: Temporary license fee for 21km is R25

Entries can be made at the following stores:

  • Sweat Shop Dunkeld, Jan Smuts Avenue – 011 325 2567
  • Sweat Shop Fourways, Fourways Crossing – 011 467 5966
  • Randburg Runner, c/o 4th & 5th Avenue, Linden – 011 888 9644
  • Bedford Runner, Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview – 011 450 1847.

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Tshepiso Mametela

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