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An African Dream
Shosholoza means "to move forward." It is also the title of South
Africa's unofficial national anthem. By naming its boat Shosholoza and
manning it with a mixed race crew, sponsor
captured the new spirit of South Africa through the drama and excitement of
an America's Cup
the scenes is the
Izivunguvungu Sailing School, a non-profit founded in 1997 by SA Olympic
Ian Ainslie. The school teaches Cape Town's disadvantaged youth and
street children life skills through sail training.
their efforts are changing the lives of the poorest of South Africa's
children:instilling pride through the discipline of sailing and
national identity through positive role models, black and white, crewing
aboard Team Shosholoza.
Golden Mgedeza and other Team Shosholoza crewmembers have become new
heroes for children who are turning away from crime, returning to school,
and embracing sailing as a way to give new meaning to their lives.