Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation was awarded the prestigious Jack Cheetham award at a gala event In Gauteng, Sandton on the 3rd November.

The award was initiated by Murray & Roberts in 1981, in conjunction with the Johannesburg Sportsman’s Club and in recognition of the special qualities of Jack Cheetham, a former director of the company and the inspirational captain of the South African cricket team in the 1950s who was able to instil in young people the belief that they could win.


The awards are now undertaken in partnership with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and reward sports development projects, focusing on individuals or teams that have the potential to be champions.

The foundation has forged strategic partnerships with the KZN Department of Education to identify and attract urban and rural schools to the programme as well as aligning part of their training programmes to support a curriculum around nautical sciences and maritime studies.

Approximately 80 learners per term are engaged in the development programme with all learners afforded the opportunity to participate in national and international events.


Youth that have mastered the basics of sailing are then passed onto yachting clubs, where they are supported in high performance training. Several youngsters from the foundation have gone on the represent South Africa in world events.