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Izivunguvungu – Temporary Plans, September 2020

IZIVUNGU SAILING PROJECT is temporarily not operating in the SA Navy’s West Yard. The new arrangement between the Navy and Izivungu involves moving to new office/store/workshops within the Yard. There is also to be a new ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ formulated by the Navy, outlining their ongoing support to Izivungu. Flag Officer Fleet (Admiral Mhlama) called the Izivungu Foundation Manager (Cdr Mike Oldham) to a meeting regarding the above, prior to the Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown. However, Izivungu activities in the Yard and the new arrangements have been temporarily suspended, due to the Lockdown. Izivungu is still active in the Ocean View Schools environment, in conjunction with the Community Liaison Officer and the School authorities, engaging with the students from the Sailing and Music Projects.


Izivunguvungu Youth Band played at the Glencairn Rotary Camp  Concert (December 2019)
Glencairn Rotary Camp Concert (December, 2019)
The Izivunguvungu Youth Band play at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital

The young people of the IZIVUNGUVUNGU MSC YOUTH BAND participate every year in the Day of Remembrance at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital. It has become part of the tradition for some of the younger children who are presently patients at the hospital to sit with the Band for a photo in front of the Peter Pan Statue. The original funding for the hospital included the idea that a living war memorial should be built, serving children, the innocent victims of war. The Peter Pan statue was erected by Vyvyan Watson, a war veteran involved in the funding, in memory of his son Peter who died aged 4

The Izivunguvungu projects  were started in 1996 as a Navy community outreach programme for the children of the areas around Simon’s Town.  The need for such activities has escalated over the years as drug related crime has even threatened their daily lives. One of the youngest band members was accidently killed in a cross fire shooting, as is noted on Ocean Views own wall of remembrance on which is inscribed  “Aqueel Davids, forever 9”. The Izivunguvungu children are first introduced to project activities via  Grade 3 and 4 classroom  lessons and some have continued to be involved upto  Matric and beyond, one of the oldest having gained a place at the UCT Music School while still assisting with the younger children; sailing students have competed nationally. All assistance to the projects is gratefully encouraged, there being a particular need for transport, equipment, general funding to the registered  NPO etc

(contact Commander Mike Oldham, Tel 082 4456857 )    

Article in the People’s Post newspaper: Tuesday 19 November 2019 


Our senior female music student has been accepted at the University of Cape Town College of Music for 2018.

Class music is now offered at various schools from Grade 3 upwards, after which there is voluntary attendance at the music groups.

New students hoping to join the main Band have been grouped together and are known as the ‘Bowmans’!


2017 was a year of highlights and also sadness.  (Aqueel Davids, our youngest student, was accidentally killed in a drug related shooting).

The junior groups continue to grow, starting with Grade 4 classes in various schools, although some Grade 3s insisted on joining? (we are now looking at +400 young learners). The Band groups performed many concerts this year and had to decline several invitations. The United States Consulate national day featured the Izivunguvungu main Band and we have already received a further invitation from them.

The Knysna Festival is an annual event for the Band and this year they performed the public concert at the end of the Festival.

The Band was invited to play for the season opening at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, with whom they have had a long association, and were congratulated by the Commodore. The main band is already known in parts of Europe and received an invitation from friends in Liverpool to visit the CLIPPERS ROUND THE WORLD FLEET, especially the #LIVERPOOL YACHT, where they performed for the crew and a huge crowd of V & A visitors.


The Project has now linked up with the ORPHAN FOUNDATION in Westlake, performing for the weekly Club and for their year-end function, while also giving some students basic music lessons.

Music 2016

The Music Group performed at the Knysna Festival promoting the “Education for Life” themes of Drug-Free and Anti-Bullying.

They were also presented with special plastic instruments (trumpets and trombones) by the British High Commissioner, Dame Judith MacGregor. Other performances included one for the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital in November.


The Izivunguvungu Music and Sailing students continue to make their mark during the first half of 2016. The combined groups were selected to lead the community parade through Simon’s Town as part of the South African Navy Festival, April 2016. The Sailors won first and several other placings at national and local regattas, including the MAC24 and the Inter-Schools.

The Musicians were invited to perform at the Diplomatic function prior to the opening of parliament. They also combined with visiting musicians from the Royal Military School of Music at the Navy Festival.