who is the first SA man to win Soweto Marathon in 12 years?

South African road runner Ntsindiso Mphakathi has become the first local man to win the Soweto Marathon in 12 years as Irvette van Zyl took top honours in the women’s 42.2km for the fourth time.

Hard work and dedication has paid off for African Bank Soweto Marathon winners Ntsindiso Mphakathi and Irvette Van Zyl who clinched the Male and Female titles in the 42km race this morning, Sunday. 5 November.


Female Winner Irvette Van Zyl won in an unofficial time of 2:34:16 while Male Winner Ntsindiso Mphakathi triumphed in an unofficial time of 2:19:13.

The African Bank Soweto Marathon 2023 kicked off at FNB Stadium in Nasrec with runners making their way towards Soweto over a distance of 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km.
The finishing line for the race will be at FNB Stadium again.

The race saw over 70 members of the SAPS in Gauteng from various stations and units across the province participate.


Roads in the following areas have been affected between 05:00 to 16:00:

  • Nasrec
  • Riverlea
  • Orlando
  • Diepkloof
  • Pimville
  • Rockville
  • Jabulani
  • Central Western Jabavu
  • Mofolo
  • Dube
  • Kliptown
  • Pennyville
  • Aeroton

Major roads affected include the following:

  • Soweto Highway
  • Randshow Road
  • Nasrec Road
  • Chris Hani Road
  • Modjaji Street
  • Klipspruit Valley Road
  • Union Road
  • Koma Road
  • Elias Motsoaledi Road
  • Mphuti Street
  • Machaba Drive
  • Mzilikatzi Street
  • Mncube Drive
  • Mtipa Street
  • Kumalo Main Road
  • Vilakazi Street
  • Armitage Street
  • Martha Louw Street
  • Mooki Street
  • Main Road
  • New Canada Road
  • Main Reef Road

Headline sponsor, African Bank said, “We are proud to be a part of this audacious marathon. Taking part in a marathon requires audacity… the audacity to believe in yourself, to push yourself to the limit, and the audacity to never give up. The birthplace of the race, Soweto, also has a special place in our hearts, as it is the birthplace of African Bank, the town where our founders started a bank with just R70 so that they could empower others to be audacious!”

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