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Thabiso Molefi swimming from Robben Island to Big Bay in South Africa

On 5 January 2020, former homeless boy and refugee Thabiso Molefi, a 19-year old from Cape Town, South Africa, completed the iconic open water crossing from Robben Island to Big Bay on his first attempt.

Thabiso showed great emotional resilience by completing the 7.5km crossing on his first attempt, in water temperatures ranging from 12-14 degrees. “I have achieved in my life because of the people who motivated me and welcomed me in their families and who love me for who I am,” wrote Thabisi in March 2019.

On 5 January, he added a huge personal achievement to the growing list of proud moments that mark this formerly neglected, stateless child’s transition into a remarkable young man forging a bright future for himself.

Thabiso was born in Welkom in the Free State to immigrants from Lesotho, who due to their own difficulties were not able to register Thabiso’s birth as a Lesotho national. After various traumatic incidents at his home as well as being left to fend for himself and his two younger brothers, Thabiso eventually ran away and lived rough on the streets of Cape Town in search of a better life.

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