Jabulani Ncubuka

Founder of the Chess Development Project, Jabulani Ncubuka, is the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development.

Jabulani started the Chess Development Project fifteen years ago (1999) in the belief that the game could help unlock the latent potential of South Africa’s disadvantaged children. It is thought that playing chess can assist people in better tackling the logic-based problems found in maths and science, as well as improve concentration and strategic thinking.

As the project’s volunteer Director, Jabulani trains the trainers and teachers who run the programme in schools in Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo. He equips them with the tools, manuals, workbooks and skills to be able to teach chess in a fun, creative, effective way. Besides personally funding some of the running costs of the project, Jabulani also organises funding for local chess players to take part in national and international competitions, including the Commonwealth and South Africa Open Chess Championships.