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About Izivunguvungu

Izivunguvungu, in Isizulu, means "sudden strong wind"

The Sailing Project

The Sailing Project Izivunguvungu - MSC Foundation for Youth, based in the port town of Simon's Town, nearby Cape Town, provides opportunities for disadvantaged children. Izivunguvungu was established in 2001, by Ian Ainslie, three times Olympian, multiple world sailing champion and qualified school teacher, together with Matthew Mentz, a highly qualified Ocean Skipper and instructor.

The Music Project

The Music Project, originally started in 1996 by the SA Navy Band and their Director, Commander Mike Oldham, joined Izivunguvungu in 2005 thanks to negotiations between Captain Salvatore Sarno (MSC) and Admiral Koos Louw (SA Navy).

Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation for youth is a Non-Profit Organization affiliated to the South African Navy and partly funded by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The development programme was the training background for some of the younger recruits on Team Shosholoza, the 2007 South African America's Cup Challenge.

Izivungu is a registered non-profit organization for the empowerment of the youth.

Non-Profit Organization affiliated to the SA Navy Body
Applicable Registration details/numbers: 027-611-NPO

Izivunguvungu Permanent Staff


Captain Salvatore Sarno
(CEO Mediterranean Shipping Company)


Community Representatives:                                                                                                       

Margaret Kindo            (Liaison Officer & Kleinberg Primary School)           
Griffiths Mgodeli          (Masiphumelele High School)
Howard Leoto              (Ukhanyo Primary School)
Dennis Zaranyika        (Ocean View High School)
Donovan Koesyn         (Marine Primary School)
Godfrey Schlemmer    (Simon's Town High School)
Magde Waries              (Night School Coordinator)
Aziz Jacobs                   (Kleinberg Primary School)

Part-time and Voluntary Assistants:

Sieraaj Jacobs             (Sailing)
Marcello Burrick           (Sailing)
William Du Preez        (Music - Saldanha)                        
Lt Lindela Madikizela  (Music)
Student Teachers        (Sailing and Music)


The Students

Students from age 10 come from all around the South Peninsula, mainly from Red Hill, Ocean View, Masiphumalele and Simon's Town. The school provides transport to the SA Navy West Yard, Simon's Town, for the sailing students. They are provided with a sandwich after their activities before being transported back. The music students are taught in the schools, music instruments and other equipement being transported to them and returned to the security Stores in Simon's Town each day.


The premises to which Izivunguvungu has access to are as follows:A part of the SA Navy premises, consisting of a main building (which encloses the school's office, a recreational and educational space, a class room, a vestibule in which the clothing is stocked); The neighboring back yard equipped with a kitchen and a dining room. In 2004, the premises provided to the sailing school were extended to the ground floor of the main building, which has become the boat building / handcraft centre.

Board :  Admiral Koos Louw, Manuel Mendes, Themba Goduka, Bryan Baylis, Captain Salvatore Sarno