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20-year-old Arafat Gatabazi is an avid sportsman, with an intriguing story… Arafat fled from his homeland, The Congo, in October 2012, leaving behind his parents and two of his siblings, whom he suspects may have subsequently been murdered by the M23 troops. Arriving in Cape Town a month later, Arafat and his two cousins, who […]
Jane Hardy and Arafat Gatabazi swam around the Castle of Good Hope’s moat. UK resident Jane Hardy is attempting to swim around 50 castles around the world before her 50th birthday in January. After having already completed swims around the moats of six castles, including the Litchestein Castle in Hout Bay, Ms Hardy ticked one […]
Arafat Gatabazi, a youngster who fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo – on foot – to find freedom in South Africa, has completed a charity swim around Robben Island to raise funds for South African charity, LifeLine Western Cape. It’s an amazing and selfless achievement for someone who couldn’t even swim when he first […]
On the 5th October 2016, at the CLDSA awards evening, I was asked to share the story of my journey to South Africa, and how I started swimming, after the speech I realised that I never took the time to thank everyone who is been part of my journey and those who supported my swimming. […]
While we at Granadilla Swim are inspired by and celebrate South Africa’s incomparable beach and swimming culture, we also recognise the fact that every year, countless lives are lost in this country due to children and adults not having been afforded the opportunity to receive adequate swimming training. For those who have enjoyed the privilege […]
On the 2nd March 2015 I received a message for Derrick Frazer saying”Hey Arafat How are you doing? Are you fit?” I happily replied to him stating that I was fit as I was getting ready to swim from Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay. After a while he wrote to me back saying “How […]
On the 23rd September 2014. Everyone who swam Roben island swim were invited on the AGM of the cape long distance swimming and to get their certificate and medals. When you complete the swim before the end of the year they have to give to those who completed the swim medals and certificat. When I […]
MY AMAZING JOURNEY TO ROBBEN ISLAND AND BACK Everyone follows a pre-determined path or pursues a particular journey or dream in life. For some this may be the Comrades Marathon, getting an education or getting married. What is your journey? Is it something you will forever cherish? My journey of swimming from Robben Island to […]
HOMELESS BOY BEATS THE ODDS BY SWIMMING 7.5KM FROM ROBBEN ISLAND TO BLOUBERG HOMELESS BOY BEATS THE ODDS BY SWIMMING 7.5KM FROM ROBBEN ISLAND TO BLOUBERG HOW INSPIRING!! I was honoured to assist Arafat with media syndication to help spread this wonderful feel-good story… On Saturday 28 June, 19-year-old Arafat Gatabazi completed the 7.5km swim from Robben Island […]