During his 10 years on Robben Island, Jacob G. Zuma played soccer and was Captain of his team. He then went on to establish the Msholozi Tournament, out of his own pocket, with the aim of promoting and accentuating the use of sport in order to achieve peace, social cohesion and youth development, especially in rural settings. Most participants come from deep rural hinterlands, where there are no recreational facilities.

“We hope to develop talent for possible national players, support those that already exhibit talent and ultimately build Sports Academies in rural areas.” Jacob G. Zuma


The Foundation promotes chess as an extra-curricular activity at schools with the aim of assisting youngsters to develop critical thinking skills.  A chess tournament is hosted annually.