The community of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga will move to a different beat when the I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp is staged at Sy Mthimunye Stadium. The event will take place on Saturday, 10 December 2022. It will commence at 7am with a 3-5km walk around the Emalahleni community.

It will also be followed up with an Indigenous Games’ Aerobics Activation. They are aimed at encouraging citizens to see the value of the games played outdoors in promoting physical activity.

The Aerobics activation will feature certified instructors who will engage a community of healthy-inspired participants working out. To challenge head-on the norm of sedentary lifestyles, hence the apt reference to this bootcamp as Ayihlome Ihlasele.

Old generation I choose to be active in Thohoyandou
Old generation I choose 2 be active in Thohoyandou

The certified instructors will conduct an energy-filled choreographed group exercise class. They will also be games such as Hopscotch and Tug-of-war among many others. DJs will be on standby to add a festive ambiance with tunes that will keep attendants on their toes. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.


This is aimed at empowering citizens in and around Mpumalanga. With skills which they can use every day to start, pursue as well as commit to positive and physically active lifestyle.

Also touted as Ayihlome Ihlasele it challenges the norm of sedentary lifestyles head-on, hence the apt moniker. It will be a hybrid with 500 people in the stadium. Many more also streaming online on the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s I Choose 2 B Active online platforms.


The I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp was launched in 2015 as an initiative of the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. It is a 365-day call to action whose mission is to see 50% of South African citizens commit to life-long habits. Being physically active regularly by 2030.

The Bootcamp hosted at Sy Mthimunye Stadium in Emalahleni with Cell C. Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation as well as Emalahleni Local Municipality in the Nkangala District.

The presence of both public and private sector to this activation affirms the realisation by all sectors in society that the health of citizens has taken centre-stage and interventions are needed to help citizens prioritise living a healthy life. The benefits are many such as a health system that is not burdened by chronic disease patients. This will translate positively in public expenditure and the economy.

Government through the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture calls on all South African citizens from all walks of life to rally their families and all communities to participate virtually wherever they are by logging on to the department’s @IChoose2BActive social media platforms.