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Lowvelder Walkers are growing 

By Kopano Dibakwane

A group of committed community members are literally taking a step towards achieving good health. The group is called Lowveld Walkers and it was initiated by Joseph Mashaba from Matsulu.  

Mashaba shared his inspirational story with the Youth Voice. He revealed how a simple personal decision to lose weight has now turned into a phenomenon. He’s totally driven, enthusiastic and his unsurpassable energy can be felt by those who come into contact with him.  

“I used to weigh 120 kilos and I knew I had to change my attitude and lose some weight. I decided to start walking on 8 th January this year (2018). I would post on social media before every walk and people started to appreciate the idea. People started to like my posts and also sent me emails, asking to join the initiative. I was very excited and motivated by the positive response,” said Mashaba.  

He added that the number of people involved in the Lowveld Walkers initiative has grown tremendously. There’s no joining fee and everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to join. The only requirement is commitment.  

“We started with about 9 people and we walked from Likazi to Matsulu. I walked with 27 people from Malelane to Matsulu. I’m currently joined by more than 150 people every weekend. I used a car even when I had to go to the nearest spaza shop. These days I prefer walking. People must know that they don’t have to do aggressive exercises, or drink pills to lose weight. They can simply start walking and they’ll be surprised how simple it is to maintain good health. It all seems impossible until u do it,” he said.  

The group will be walking from White River to Hazyview on 28 April, the target is 25km and it’s open to everyone.  

Mashaba said that he’s planning a walk from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in July. He’s very confident that it can be done. With his remarkable track record so far, one can only believe that the walk will be a success.  

He encouraged those who are interested in joining his healthy adventures to like Lowveld Walkers or Joseph Mjoe Mashaba on Facebook, email to joseph.mashaba@gmail.com, or call 0764442343.  

CAPTION: The Lowveld Walkers enjoying themselves during a recent walk