A growing initiative since 2009

The Cableway Charity Challenge has been running since 2009 and is now in its 15th year.  The event, started by Anton & Brigitte de Waal to assist impoverished communities with educational assistance, has grown from strength to strength, becoming a unique Cape Town event not to be missed.In 2017, the JDI Foundation jumped at the opportunity to be involved with running the event alongside the de Waals.  The event is solely run by volunteers who fall under the umbrella of the JDI initiative. You can be safe in the knowledge that whether you participate or sponsor, all your efforts are going towards a worthy cause.

Beginning as a 1-day race for athletes fit enough to do multiple laps in a day, the event morphed into a 9-day event as a result of COVID, where a wonderful community of walkers, hikers, trail runners and day trippers participate – all with the aim of challenging themselves for a good cause.

The first year saw a field of 50 runners raise just over half a million rand.  In 2023 the field comprised of 155 participants who collectively completed 820 laps and raised just over R1,25 million for our chosen beneficiaries.

In 2024, the event will return to the 1-day format of pre-COVID years.

Help us reach our 2024 target of R1 million by entering as a participant, a team or sharing our social media posts to boost our audience!

JDI Foundation

The event is run by JDI.  JDI is a Public Benefit Organisation and is registered as the JDI Foundation Trust. JDI was started in 1998 with the idea to create a simple structure that would enable young people to use their centres of influence to learn, understand and then make a difference in other people's lives in South Africa. We wanted to show our friends how easy it was to make a significant impact, to teach them about the problems, the issues and the solutions available.

The JDI ethos shies away from the idea of making nameless donations to organisations where you can’t see how your money is spent, or from encouraging dependency by giving cash to individuals who are sometimes unable to spend it properly. Instead members are encouraged to ‘See. Think. Do’.

Our nominated beneficiaries for 2023

  • Ndihluthi provides one pot, cook and eat bags to under-privileged communities in Cape Town.

    What started as a school project, quickly morphed into a life-line to many communities where food security is a challenge.

    In 2018, three high school students had the

  • Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa) is a non-profit organisation teaching people in the townships to grow vegetables organically.  This is done through training, provision of affordable and accessible resources, as well as support with market

  • Funda Kunye is a small NPO based in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Our goal is to equip caregivers with

The Cableway Charity Challenge is kindly sponsored by:

  • Mobii Elite Timing