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How SA’s first black free dive coach is turning the tide on history

After falling in love with the sea, Zandile Ndlovu qualified, then gave up her career to teach disadvantaged children

Wendell Roelf

Five youths from Cape Town’s Langa township squeeze into wetsuits for a snorkelling lesson with SA’s first black diving coach, turning the tide on decades of apartheid history in which water sports were reserved for wealthy whites.

Zandile Ndlovu’s Black Mermaid Foundation aims to introduce the ocean to the country’s township youth.

Sitting around Ndlovu, 33, the country’s first black - and black female - free dive instructor, the children learn how to bite down onto the snorkel mouthpiece when breathing face down in the water, among other skills. Established in 2020, the foundation pays for the lessons, but is looking for funders to ensure its longevity...

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