This 10-day, 1,660km cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg to take part in the Comrades Marathon on the 11th day is a journey of the heart inspired by Phil Masterton-Smith (who’s nickname was “Unogwaja” meaning hare in Zulu). In 1933, Masterton-Smith lived in Cape Town and could not afford the train fare to Pietermaritzburg for the start of the Comrades Marathon. He got on his bike and he cycled there.
Today his courage and determination in the face of adversity are at the core of the Unogwaja Challenge, which has become an annual journey that started in 2011 and brings together a small group of people chosen from all over the world for this special mission of hope across South Africa.
The Challenge has two purposes. The first is to spread a message of hope in South Africa, celebrating our diversity and highlighting that we all need to take responsibility for our future. The second is to raise money for the Unogwaja Light Fund, which supports organisations that embrace these ideals. In 2016 they raised over R1.2m and hope to beat this total in 2017.
On Sunday 28th May The Unogwaja Challenge enters the Eastern Cape and is supported and cheered on by various Caltex fuel stations all the way to Kokstad, where we hand them over to our Caltex colleagues in KZN. Some of the fuel stations have activities to drum up support from the townsfolk as the Unogwaja passes through.