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 communities throughout South Africa where women meet for runs.” As well as being an organiser, Jacobs works as a sports physiotherapist at a rehabilitation centre she established, Sports Bodies. She is also an associate lecturer and researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand — she completed her master’s there in 2020. “After the craziest year of my life establishing two businesses, I received my degree with distinction,” Jacobs says. She wants to empower women in sport. “My area of expertise is women’s cricket, and I am working with professor Benita Olivier to establish a new cricket research unit at Wits,” she says.
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