In these dire times for the country when proper role models are few and far between and the future of the black youth is getting lost to the streets, you would expect that anyone coming up with a project as positive as a run in honour of heroes such as Sam Tshabalala would get support from their municipalities.
But no, the men and women in charge at the Fezile Dabi Municipality which runs the Zamdela township - the home of the 1989 Comrades Marathon winner - could not be bothered. The small matter of closing down some roads stretching to a mere 5km for a few hours could not happen because there had to be a council sitting. Really?
And we have had the president of the country preaching that we heed his call to ‘Thuma Mina’ - send me - yet when the likes of Thami Gorati raise their hands in response they are shunned and blocked from making a difference.
Gorati was in his teens when Tshabalala won the Comrades and was inspired by the pioneering feat of the man he grew up seeing running around the township. Because of Tshabalala’s victory, which at the time gave the black nation hope and uplifted them to start believing they had it in them to compete and even do better than their white oppressors, a young Gorati - as well as his peers such as Ernest Moikangoa and Moferefere Dhlamini - dreamt of making a success of his life.