Mpumalanga to host Commonwealth Relay


MEC of culture, sports and recreation, Norah Mahlangu, has urged the people of Mpumalanga to come out in large numbers and support the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay when it comes to the province on 17 May 2017.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is aimed at encouraging people from all walks of life to participate in the build-up to the 2018 games.

The Commonwealth Games, will see 71 Commonwealth nations competing in various sporting codes, takes place in Australia next year.

The Queens Baton Relay commenced from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017 and now is Mpumalanga’s turn to be part of the relay.

The relay will start on Wednesday (17 May) in eMalahleni and finish on Friday (19 May) in Bushbuckridge.

The complete schedule is as follows and the media is invited:

Day One 


Day:   Wednesday

Date: 17 May 2017

Time:  09:00 – 11:00

Area/Venue:  Lynnville Cenotaph Park, eMalahleni

Relay Details

Start:  SASOL Filling Station

End:  Lynnville Park

Distance: 3 Km


Day:  Wednesday

Date: 17 May 2017

Time: 12:45 – 13:45

Area/Venue: Waterval Boven

Ceremonial Walk Details

Start: Street Corner

End:  Waterval Boven Schools closer to the Mass Grave site

Distance: 500m


Day:  Wednesday

Date: 17 May 2017

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Area/Venue: Mbombela Stadium, City of Mbombela

Relay Details

Start: Mataffin

Railway Station End: Mbombela Stadium

Distance: 3 Km


Day Two 

Day:   Thursday

Date:  18 May 2017

Time:  09:00 – 15:00

Area/ Venue: Leroro, Thaba Chweu

Relay Details

Start: Leroro Entrance

End:  Leroro Community Hall

Distance: 2 Km

Day Three 

Day:   Friday

Date: 19 May 2017

Time: 08:015-11:30

Area/Venue: Mvuyazi Primary Schools, Cork Community, Bushbuckridge

Relay Details

Start: Kruger Gate Road Junction

End:  Mvuyazi Primary

*Nkosi is spokeswoman in MEC Mahlangu’s office