Thato Molosankwe is attempting to walk a whopping 24 000 kilometres, over 10 years as part of the Cape 2 Cairo Walk.
The Rounding Afrika organisation focusses at the fight against gender based violence, rape, femicide, xenophobia, war and poverty and Thato is embarking on this Cape 2 Cairo Walk expedition from Cape Town to Cairo (Egypt), uniting men against abuse.
On Wednesday, 18 July 2018, his journey kicked off in Cape Town where he is planning to walk 24 000 kilometres, visit 49 countries and reach his destination on 18 July 2028 in Cairo. On Friday, 12 October, Thato travelled through Piet Retief and he was welcomed by staff members of the Communication Department of the Mkhondo Local Municipality.
The Excelsior News spoke to Thato on his arrival and it was evident that he has a passion for what he is doing. He spoke about his journey thus far and mentioned the various schools and communities that he has already visited. In some towns, he was forced to stay a day or two longer due to problems that arose within that community and he felt that his assistance was needed for a while longer.
The local municipality arranged for Thato and his family to stay over at the Waterside Lodge, until Monday, 15 October. He planned to visit some local schools while he was here and thereafter, took to the long road by foot again, and headed over the border into Swaziland.
The weekend’s stay in Piet Retief was also his last opportunity to see his family for quite some time as he mentioned that once he crosses the border, he will have no contact with them. Thato is very focussed and he is passionate about educating men on the reasons why they sometimes revert to violence against women and children.
They are being motivated and encouraged to become better individuals through his speeches and Thato said that if his journey only helps a handful of men, he will be satisfied. Good luck on your journey Thato. You are truly an inspiration to us all! Thank you to the Mkhondo Local Municipality and other individuals for reaching out to Thato and for the support given towards his good cause.