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Introducing the Bekezela Community Foundation, a Team Partner to the Clipper 2023-24 Race
The Bekezela Community Foundation (BCF) was founded by Inkosi Thandisizwe Mpungose, and stems from the Zulu term Bekezela, meaning patience, perseverance, resilience, and endurance.
The work of BCF fosters this spirit by creating opportunities for youths in underrepresented and rural parts of South Africa, while restoring, cultivating, and protecting African culture and heritage.
Through its partnership with Clipper Race, BCF hopes to create a platform of opportunity to make sailing part of the fabric of its community whilst changing the narrative through diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Founder Inkosi Thandisizwe Mpungose knows first-hand how exposure to experiences outside of local communities can broaden one’s opportunities and appreciation. He hopes BCF serves as a bridge and lens to the rest of the world, showing the vast human and economic potential that these communities possess.
The yacht’s artwork has been designed by South African artist Ayanda Mabulu.
Capturing African people’s deep connection with water as a source of spiritual cleansing and significance, the artwork aims to restore the dignity and pride stripped away from those taken from ancestral lands in the past.