Important road closure information: The MTN Walk the Talk with 702.
The MTN Walk the Talk with 702 – Joburg’ s biggest and best-loved walking event – is just around the corner and organisers will be pulling out all the stops to ensure the event runs smoothly and this will include implementing several road closures on the day.
On Sunday, 22 July 2018, over 50 000 walkers will converge on Marks Park Sports Club at Judith Road, Emmarentia – the start and end for this year’s MTN Walk the Talk with 702.
Three different walks with staggered starting times will take place on the day.
A 15km race walk will start at 07h00, the 8km starts from 09h00 and the 5km walk begins at 11h00.
To ensure the safety of all walkers, residents and motorists, a number of roads in and around Emmarentia will be closed to traffic on the day. Temporary road closures will be manned at points along the route.
The road closures will be managed to ensure minimal obstruction to traffic and roads will be re-opened as soon as the intersection is clear of walkers.
Free, secure parking will be available at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, to be accessed off Thomas Bowler Avenue, from Beyers Naude Drive, on the day.
Participants are urged not to follow the directions of unauthorized car guards directing them to park in the road as they may be expected to pay and the event cannot ensure security in these areas.
A Park and Ride service is available to walkers from various points from R75 – R95 and can be booked on the Walk the Talk website. Only pre-ordered tickets will be valid.
Visit www.walkthetalk.co.za for a comprehensive list of road closures, as well as a detailed route map, to avoid the road closures.
Residents in the affected areas are asked to please familiarise themselves with the road closures (please note closure times are an estimation only).
The event organisers understand that without residents’ support, the walk could not be hosted, so each year a portion of the funds raised go towards community legacy projects in the areas directly affected.
With the money raised last year, the event organisers upgraded fencing around Botanical Garden as part of its legacy project.
All queries relating to the MTN Walk the Talk with 702 and the associated road closures either before the event or on the day can be directed to the Walk the Talk office call centre on 011 017 2700.
The Walk the Talk event is now in its 18th successful year. Permission has been granted by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department for the event, which has also been sanctioned by Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba.
The City of Joburg is hosting the MTN Walk the Talk with 702, and is a proud partner of the event, which showcases the city’s ability to stage sporting events of this stature.