Sapinda Rainbow Project
Community, CSR, Human endeavour, Learning and development, Legacy

  • Equip Ambassadors with crucial life skills, such as teamwork, communication and coordination.
  • Challenge and encourage Ambassadors to become leaders in their communities using their newly learned skills and individual mentoring and support programmes.
  • Develop Ambassadors to become a source of inspiration and motivation to bring change to their peers and community as a whole.
  • Support selected youths in their individual development after participating in the Clipper Race.

The success of the inaugural Clipper 2013-14 Race programme led to a further nine Ambassadors taking part in the 2015-16 race, which partnered with the Ndlovu Medical Centre.

A 100 per cent success rate with all 17 Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors who have participated in the Clipper Race going into education, training or full-time employment.

Two of the ambassadors, Mency Madondo and Lazarus Tshikovhi, are in the process of setting up their own business or local community initiatives.

Nqoba Mswazi is now a professional Skipper and mentor.

Mbongiseni Dludlu has been able to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. He recently released his mixtape and aims to sell 13,000 copies, which would see him become the first South African rapper to make a Rmillion on a mixtape.

Lebalang Molobele re-enrolled at university, and has now completed her LLB Law Degree with Distinction. Lebalang also attended the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture and is in the early stages of fundraising and inspiring other young people through her own training institution to educate and improve the knowledge of women’s rights.

Masibulele ‘Sbu’ Liyaba made history as the first black South African to take part in the 70 years of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

‘The World’s Biggest House Party’ fundraising campaign was created in aid of the South African Ndlovu Care Group where VIP business guests and 800 members of the public, including Clipper Race crew, also attended the venue on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation project has had a cumulative global news media audience in excess of 700 million people, and is projected to generate a PR value in excess of £20 million.


Hundreds of young people, aged 18 to 24, applied for the chance to take part in the Clipper Race as one of the

inaugural Sapinda Rainbow Foundation Ambassadors.

The innovative scheme encouraged local communities, from all nine provinces in South Africa, to nominate young candidates for the chance to compete in a tough three-day selection event, hosted by Sail Africa in Durban.

30 applicants were chosen to participate in the process, with a final team of eight ambassadors and two reserves selected. The process was repeated for the Clipper 2015-16 Race.

Ambassadors engaged with local youth initiatives in ports around the world, including:

  • Working with the Grael Project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Engaging with yacht club participants in San Francisco, USA
  • Meeting participants from the Derry Bursary Scheme in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland and attending charity galas as part of the fundraising element of the initiative, including the Berlin film premiere of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’.
  • The eight Clipper 2013-14 Race Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors took centre stage at the 2013 Annual Children’s Celebration in July in South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday.
  • Star House DJ, Black Coffee, and Clipper 2013-14 Race Ambassador Mbongiseni Dludlu provided the entertainment for ‘The World’s Biggest House Party’ and the event was streamed worldwide.
  • The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation hosted an evening event in Seattle, USA, and invited key industry figures to celebrate the successes of the project’s partnership with the Clipper Race.
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This partnership with Sapinda Rainbow and the Clipper Race is a special one for both the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. It is initiatives like these, where people are willing to literally go to the ends of the earth to achieve their dreams that motivate us in this mission to make Madiba’s wish to build a children’s hospital come true.

Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust