SUITS and ties aside for the Department of Arts and Culture employees as they dedicate the day to all things fitness. 

The programme held at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria West is aimed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle in a bid to enhance individual physical wellness and to promote Africa Month activities.

Staff members will take part in activities such as a fun run/walk, cultural performance; aerobics master class and netball among others.

The department said they recognise and acknowledge that the improvement or decline in health and wellness of its employees has a direct impact on its perfor­mance.

"Today is about celebrating the most important assets of this country, it's not about money, gold or anything like that but it is human capital,"  said Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa. 

He said the wellness of employees was most important. " A healthy body produces a healthy mind and that's why we are here today," Mthethwa said.