On his first attempt at the 30 kilometres Desert Bush Walk, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng was worried that such a great initiative by the youth was still struggling to get support from the private sector.
Speaking to BG Sports after completing the race, Olopeng said, “I support this walk and I will continue doing so because its proceeds are used to help the poor; it is also for educational purposes. My ministry is also responsible for sports tourism hence we have the likes of Khawa challenge and this walk attracted regional countries and has now turned to be a regional walk as we have seen walkers from Lesotho and South Africa.
I edge the private sector to support this initiative so that we could grow it from being a regional to a continental and world event.”
Olopeng walked together with his cabinet colleague and Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Madigele who settled for 15 kilometres and left early as he had other business activities to attend in his Mmathethe-Molapowabojang constituency. Both are looking forward to participate in next year’s walk which is expected to be much bigger as it will be celebrating its fifth anniversary.