Izivunguvungu, in Isizulu, means "sudden strong wind"
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.
Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation for youth is a Non-Profit Organization affiliated to and supported by the South African Navy and 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
Boat and General Maintenance Manager
Wandisile (Wadi) Xayimpi
Cdr (ret) Mike Oldham
Students, aged between 11 and 18 years old, come from all around the South Peninsula, mainly from Red Hill, Ocean View, Masiphumalele and Simonstown. There are a number of students that are currently enrolled in the school, with children sailing every day of the week. The school provides transport to the Simonstown's dockyard as well as a meal to the students after sailing.
The Corporate relationship between Izivunguvungu and the South African Navy
MSC entered into an agreement with Izivunguvungu and the South African Navy in 2003, in which they committed themselves to provide the sailing school with:
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 venue.
The sailing equipment has been provided by the Navy since the beginning of the project in 2001. The equipment to which Izivunguvungu has access to are as follows:
- Bosuns and Lasers.
- Rescue facilities: rescue tender and crewed namacuras
Students are being trained in mechanical and ship building skills by Navy specialists."We see this as an ideal marriage between the merchant Navy and the SA Navy. We can provide the funding while the Navy can provide the facilities. Together we can make a big contribution to youth upliftment.' Salvatore Sarno.
The relationship between Izivunguvungu and the Mediterranean Shipping Company Foundation for Youth
"It's all very well that the kids become good sailors, but they need other opportunities to one day be able to put money in their pockets." said Captain Sarno, who is passionate about youth empowerment.
The MSC has supported Izivunguvungu from the onset with team 'Donna Mia', the keel boat campaign of the project. In 2003 MSC took over full sponsorship of the Izivunguvungu sailing school. The financial support given by MSC can be broken down as follows:
- Wages and salaries
- A vehicle (Dyna Truck) for the transportation of the children from home to the SA Navy premises and transportation costs (petrol)
- The L26 keel boat Donna Mia Always.
- Financial support for the maintenance of building facilities
- Financing of Boat building division. One of the first projects was the restoration of old Bosun dinghies donated by the navy and building a Mirror.
- MSC has work positions available for promising students within the structures of that company.
The Non -corporate relationships between Izivunguvungu and other support groups
Our other support groups are represented by a various range of private bodies. The sailing school gets support from:
- Karen Robinson, a Navy social worker, who provides the students with life skills.
- Christa Zietsman, who gives the students Afrikaans lessons.
- Cafe' Pescado's, which provides the school with prizes
- Quantum sails, which offers free sail repair.
Admiral Koos Louw, Manuel Mendes, Themba Goduka, Warrant Dave Herman, Captain Salvatore Sarno
Funding and Expenditure Management
The institutional agreements is such that the corporate relationship between Izivunguvungu and its two supportive bodies - MSC Foundation for Youth and the South African Navy- is unchanged. That is to say that on the one hand MSC is sponsoring the sailing school for the operating costs, this includes: salaries and wages for the staff, and that the SA Navy provides the sailing school with equipment and infrastructure. On the other hand, co-sponsors will constitute an additional source of income for Izivunguvungu.
- Increased operation - operational expenditure
- Contribution to the education trust