Lindani Spes Mchunu
Lindani Spes Mchunu has been credited with driving transformation programmes in sailing, particularly in Cape Town. He is the Sailing Academy Manager at the Royal Cape Yacht Club working with the under-served communities of the Cape Flats, teaching life skills through sailing and empowering impoverished youth to gain access to the sport and the marine industry as a whole. As part of his wider role, he is also the RCYC’s Transformation and Diversity committee member, tasked with planning and implementing a diversity strategy, ensuring there is more inclusion amongst under-represented demographics within its membership and committees, on and off the water.
Mchunu also serves as the South African Sailing Association’s Diversity Council member and has been instrumental in planning and implementing a diversity strategy through grassroots participation from under-represented communities, through engagement with local and national government structures.
A blue water sailor at heart, who spent most of his sailing career delivering yachts around the world, he further serves as a board member of the South African Boat Builders Export Council where he advocates for transformation and skills development in the sector.