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Lwandile Simelane, 34

Lwandile Simelane, 34

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....

Jean-Marc Johannes, 30

Jean-Marc Johannes, 30

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...

Lungelo Dubazane, 30

Lungelo Dubazane, 30

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...

Jolandi Jacobs, 25

Jolandi Jacobs, 25

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...

Julio Bianchi, 23

Julio Bianchi, 23

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...

Kat Swanepoel, 33

Kat Swanepoel, 33

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...

Koketjo Tsebe, 31

Koketjo Tsebe, 31

“I’m living my childhood dream of being involved in sports psychology, particularly at this age. I thought it might take longer to become established as it’s a niche field in South Africa,” says Koketjo Tsebe. Since obtaining her PhD in psychology, Tsebe has...