The #WeUprising march is an annual 4km walk in commemoration of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. This event caters to ordinary citizens of the country in various age groups and fitness levels.
This historic 4km route takes us through some of Soweto’s iconic landmarks starting at Tsiestsi Mashinini Community Centre in Mofolo (Opposite Morris Isaacson Secondary School), past the iconic Vilakazi Street – a must-do for all Soweto visitors, and ends with a ceremonial gathering at the finish point – another must-see in Soweto, the Hector Pieterson Memorial & Museum in Orlando West.
The #WeUprising event seeks to create an opportunity for the ordinary citizen in the township to participate in a cause that directly affects them and their communities.
#WeUprising seeks to create awareness about township plights and provide participants with an opportunity to:
⦁ Speak-out on their concerns about day-to-day life with a focus on Nyoape this year.
⦁ Contribute to the Command document that sets the agenda for solutions (as people who live in the township and understand it).
⦁ Educate the world about the issues faced by the youth in South Africa.
The march concept is a peaceful, carnival vibe with music blasting from vehicles enabled with speakers. People will be singing and marching in the streets with their messaging signs held up high dressed in the colours of the day; black and white.
There are three ways you can take action
You can pledge and register to walk for R100 (Some of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the following charity organizations: The Karobo Mohasoane Foundation and the UMbuyisa School of Arts and Culture)
The R100 registration fee is to support the movement in covering organisational costs. It is optional to purchase a march ticket. Only purchase a march ticket if you choose to show financial support to the organisers of the #WeUprising event. Please note that some of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the following charity organizations: The Karobo Mohasoane Foundation and the UMbuyisa School of Arts and Culture)
Persons who register and pay for a march ticket before 16 June 2019 should please go to the March Ticket Registration desk on event day, 16 June.
The #WeUprising march event promises to be a fun, peaceful experience. The 4km mostly downhill walk starts at 07h00 in the middle of winter, so you can look forward to a chilly Sunday morning. The carnival atmosphere will surely help to keep everyone warm & jolly.
The walk begins down Mphuthi St and continues straight onto Machaba Dr, then takes a right turn into Zulu Dr, which leads onto Mahalefela Rd. After passing Maponya Dube Shoprite the march takes a right turn onto Buthshingi St then immediately takes a left turn onto the famous Vilakazi St – A must-do experience for every Soweto visitor. As you walk down the trendy Vilakazi street you can experience the new creative culture that is currently oozing in the streets of Soweto. The march then takes a left turn onto Moema St towards the finish line at the Hector Pieterson Memorial & Museum. There are 4 water points along the way but do take a water bottle for extra hydration.
Park and ride
If you’re joining the #WeUprising peaceful march this year, we’ve made things easier for you on the day. You can use our shuttle service for only R20 payable in cash on the day.
To make it easier for participants to get to the starting point, we will have pick-up points around Soweto, where participants can park their cars and hop on a shuttle for only R20 per individual return trip (You pay cash as you enter the shuttle). Shuttles depart from the departure venues below, from 05am onwards. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes or when each shuttle is full. Participants will be shuttled back from the finish point to their respective pick-up points after the #WeUprising program ends, until 03pm – in order to complete the return trip. Shuttles will be marked with pick-up point locations to help you to find the right one for your chosen pick-up point.
There are 3 Pick-up points around Soweto:
|Dube Khaya Centre||R20.00|