Marching for change

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Men of action from all over the nation are gearing up to be part of the historic 100 Men March for no Violence against Women and Children. 

Supporters of the march include groupings of judges and lawyers; victim empowerment programme representatives; the clergy and  faith movements; SAPS (cadets); nurses; the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF); Multichoice; civil servants; Tshwane Metro; the National Taxi Alliance and bikers, among others. 

The march will begin at Kgosi Mampuru at 10am and end at the Southern Lawns of the Union Buildings by 1pm. Participants will assemble at the corner of Kgosi Mampuru and Madiba Streets in Pretoria from 8am and depart to the Union Buildings at 10h00. 

Marshalls in clearly marked regalia will assist in ensuring the smooth movement of participants through the city.  Metro Police from the City of Tshwane will close certain roads at certain times to ensure that the marchers move speedily through the city. 

The road closures will only be for a limited time and traffic officials will be on hand to assist in keeping traffic moving.  

Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the March and all affected streets. 

The following intersections will be affected: 

* Kgosi Mampuru Street

* Sophie De Bruyn Street

* Bosman Street

* Paul Kruger Street

* Thabo Sehume Street

* Lilian Ngoyi Street

* Sisulu Street

* Du toit Street

* Nelson Mandela Drive

* Steve Biko Street

* Hamilton Street

* Wessels Street 

Motorists are advised to avoid the affected streets and use alternative routes such as: 

* Francis Baard Street

* Nana Sita

* Johannes Ramokgoase Street

* Pretorius Street

* Park Street 

Members of the public are urged to use various forms of public transport to the march, including the Gautrain, Gautrain buses, taxis and A Reyeng buses.

March dos and don’ts 

March participants are reminded to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and follow the instructions of marshals and officials along the route.  

It is essential that marchers: 

  • Do not wear clothing that covers their faces such as masks and balaclavas.
  • Do not wear clothing that is similar to the uniforms of law enforcement officers or military personnel.
  • Marshals will be on hand to ensure that marchers do not carry posters with obscene or defamatory messages.
  • Marshals will also help to ensure marchers do not litter on the march route or deviate from the approved route.

“The 100 Men March seeks to highlight the negative impact of violence against women and children on South African society. We encourage South Africans to join this movement for positive change, by standing together we can work towards a safer environment for women and children,” said Phumla Williams, the acting Director General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). 

Members of the public can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThumaMina #100MenMarch. 

All those supporting the march are urged to sign an online petition available on: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/100-men-march.html

Members of the media covering the march should forward their names to Ireen Manyuha on email: Ireen@gcis.gov.za or 082 440 5676 and Ishmael Selemale on email: Ishmael@gcis.gov.za

Members of the media will be allocated space at the starting point of the march and at the Union Buildings. – SAnews.gov.za

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