Sharing a message of Peace in South Africa one step at a time
Siyanda Dlamini, the activist who started his Peace Walk 2022 campaign in late January this year, arrived in Plettenberg Bay around 6pm on Monday the 25th of April, after having spent the day walking between Knysna and Plett.
Siyanda is on a mission, focused exclusively on a campaign to promote peace throughout South Africa. This isn’t his first journey; he has done this previously on a bike but thought it would be nice for a change to walk. And he is so pleased he has done so. “It’s much better to connect with others by walking. Walking allows me to speak with people from across different generations and backgrounds – they want to walk with me, and they ask me questions,” says Siyanda.
He came up with the idea in a dream, and started his journey in Durban and eventually found his way to Cape Town. The positive energies and the positive attitudes he has experienced in the Western Cape has been enlightening for him. He didn’t realise the people of the Western Cape were so helpful and kind, and in particular the communities of the Garden Route being so beautiful and welcoming.
“People have a hunger for peace, and not enough people are talking about South Africa being a peaceful society. I find people coming to me and sharing the same visions and the same desire to open doors for peace,” says Siyanda.
The aim is not about how fast he can walk, his desire is to share his campaign with as many people as possible. To start conversations of peace because it’s time to address the issue in south Africa.
Siyanda is an outdoors person, very fond of nature, walking and speaking to the youth.
“I want to share my story with as many people who are willing to listen and who also want to see peace in our beautiful country.”
You can follow Siyanda’s regularly updated journey page on Facebook: Peace Walk 2022 – Durban to Soweto
Pictured from left to right: Councillor and Bitou Municipal Speaker Clyde Terblanche, Siyanda Dlamini, Plett Tourism CEO Patty Butterworth, The Junction Hotel GM Reta Smit and Bitou Municipality Local Economic Development & Tourism Manager Lesley Jacobs