In 1930 Gandhiji organized the historic Salt March in India spanning over 240 miles. Gandhi together with 78 fellow activists began the 23 day march from Sabarmarti to Dandi as a form of active non-violent protest against the British salt tax. The march began on 12 March 1930. The next two decades saw millions of people in India joining in the protest against British colonial rule and on 15 August 1948 India freed itself from the shackles of colonial rule. Forty six years later South Africa freed itself from Apartheid rule, yet today both countries are haunted by the effects of poverty, deprivation and violence. The Salt March commemoration therefore comes at a time when the world is looking for solutions to the problems of violence, inhumanity, moral degradation and poverty. This Salt March is dedicated to nonviolence and the reawakening of the basic compassion, love and caring in our society.
The fourth annual Gandhi Salt March will take place on Sunday, 20 April 2008. The 22km march will start at the Phoenix Settlement in Inanda where Gandhiji lived and will end at the Army Support Base opposite Battery Beach where Gandhiji’s ashes were immersed into the sea.
The march will start promptly at 08:00 am. This year walkers can choose to complete the 22km or walk for 5km, 10km or 15km and get onto buses at the respective points. Buses will be made available to interested participants from various districts. Last year buses were provided for walkers from the Chatsworth, Lamontville, Phoenix and Verulam areas. Buses transporting people to the start of the march will leave Battery Beach from 5:30 am. The last bus will leave at 6:30am. Walkers are assured that parking for their vehicles will be made available at Battery Beach.
To become part of this important initiative or for further information you can contact the organizers on 373 54 86 or 031 373 67 10.