“We want you to use the gym to exercise so that you keep healthy, fit and strong. The gym can be used by everyone, both children and adults,” said Suresh Naidoo, SASA Vice-Chairman, at the launch of the gym. Also in attendance was the KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo whom Naidoo hailed for leading by example in terms of a healthy lifestyle. Dr Dhlomo has become renowned for his penchant for keeping fit by exercising, walking and jogging. Other sugar industry figures present included the South African Sugar Millers’ Association CEO Deane Rossler.
Said Naidoo: “The sugar industry is very proud and excited to have partnered with the KZN Department of Health in the construction of this beautiful outdoor gym. Since the 1970s, the South African sugar industry has supported the need for a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle which includes eating a balanced diet and doing physical activity is important to prevent obesity and diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and stroke.”
The MEC, who hails from the area, urged the community to use the gym to keep fit. He also called on the residents to take ownership of the facility as it was there to serve them by helping them to get used to the culture of exercising. He stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr Dhlomo paid tribute to SASA for funding the outdoor gym for the Mbumbulu community.