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Lwandile Simelane, 34

Lwandile Simelane, 34

First vice president
South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

While for many, a simple tally of the post-Olympics medals table is sufficient measure of a country’s sporting health, for Lwandile Simelane, first vice-president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, success must also be measured elsewhere....

Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Jean-Marc Johannes, 30

Jean-Marc Johannes, 30

Professional skateboarder
Self-employed

Skateboarder Jean-Marc Johannes has won gold, silver and bronze medals in international competitions, and has set seven Guinness World Records for various skateboard stunts. He’s grown from an asthmatic kid in the Cape Flats to a world champion who’s competed in the...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Lungelo Dubazane, 30

Lungelo Dubazane, 30

Teacher
Protea Glen Secondary

Lungelo Dubazane counts being the first university graduate in his family as his proudest moment. While he mentions feeling disappointed when he initially failed in his studies, he persevered, cultivating discipline and this eventually led to a completed bachelor’s...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za
Jolandi Jacobs, 25

Jolandi Jacobs, 25

Sports physiotherapist, associate lecturer and researcher
Sports Bodies, Running Raspberries and the University of the Witwatersrand

Last year Jolandi Jacobs began Running Raspberries, a women’s running community. It connects women in their communities and encourages them to run together. “No woman in South Africa should run alone in the streets,” she says. “Running Raspberries has more than 20...

Nabeel Allie | mg.co.za
Julio Bianchi, 23

Julio Bianchi, 23

Competitive FIFAe player for Goliath Gaming
Goliath Gaming

Competitive gamer Julio Bianchi has quickly made a name for himself in the world of e-sports as one of South Africa’s top FIFA players. He is currently ranked number two in South Africa on the Global FIFA21 leaderboard, and serves as the captain of the FIFA squad for...

Tshiamo Seape | mg.co.za
Kat Swanepoel, 33

Kat Swanepoel, 33

Occupational therapist
CE Mobility – The Wheelchair and Seating Specialists

After retiring from wheelchair basketball and rugby, Kat Swanepoel took up occupational therapy, specialising in wheelchair seating and positioning. She assists clients of all ages and disabilities, and her work takes her from special needs schools to rehabilitation...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za