Up close and personal with the finned residents of Cape Town

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Eight young South Africans who comprise the Sapinda Rainbow team participating in the Clipper Race have got up close and personal with the finned residents of Gansbaai, courtesy of Africa Travel.

The project ambassadors are taking part in the Sapinda Rainbow Project, endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, which aims to develop young community leaders of the future who will also raise international awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

The Shark dive marks another milestone in the ambassadors’ journey as they only recently learned to swim to be able to participate in the race and can now use their new skill to enjoy the sights of Cape Town.

Nokulunga Nkwanya, a 20 year old from Kwazulu-Natal, who has just completed the Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town leg of the race says: “It was a great experience, I was really scared, I wouldn’t have done anything like this before taking part in the race and the Sapinda Rainbow Project but I don’t think I would do it again! My parents were shocked and proud.”

The experience was organised by Africa Travel. Ex-cricketer Allan Lamb, native South African and Director of the company says: “We support the Sapinda Rainbow Project because it is a unique opportunity to change the lives of children from South Africa who come from challenging backgrounds. The Clipper Race teaches them important leadership skills and shows them the world.  We believe they will be a source of inspiration and positive change in their local communities.” 

On Monday 4 November Mbongiseni Oludlu, 22 from Johannesburg will join Invest Africa as Sapinda Rainbow Project Ambassador clocking up over 4, 700 miles to Albany Western Australia. 

Photo credit: Wembley to Soweto and Umuzi Photo Club