On Thursday Stamrood made his 100th crossing between Robben Island and the mainland.
Gatabazi teaches Cape Town children from an orphanage to swim as part of an effort to encourage them to stay off the streets. He is a refugee from the Congo who hitch-hiked to South Africa when he was 17 years old after fleeing his home during a raid.
He was included in a swimming programme while staying at the Homestead for Street Children and is now focused on sharing the therapeutic benefits he received from learning to swim.
Gatabazi said: “When you live in a children’s home, it is always difficult to be positive, but when you have someone who believes in you, it changes the way you see yourself. This is what swimming did for me, and now I am trying to share it with other kids in similar situations, hoping to make a difference in their lives.”