It takes a whole lot of courage to opt out of a safe career to follow a passion, something that Kgolagano Rakhudu knows all too well. Since resigning from his position at mining giant Implats, he’s gone on to rise through the ranks of the Royal Bafokeng Junior NBA, a collaboration with the National Basketball Association (NBA). As the head of basketball operations, it’s his goal to
“establish strong youth basketball programmes around nine provinces that will build leaders and improve national programmes”.
Rakhudu says that while his proudest moment was taking a risk to follow his passion, his biggest surprise was the opportunity to start Ball In Motion with two colleagues. The aim is to use basketball to give people a purpose in life. His progress is impressive — starting off as a middle school coach to leading a programme of 45 schools.
Dreams can’t be achieved without hard work, and Rakhudu has developed an effective toolset for success. “Run your own race,” he says, emphasising the importance of informal education opportunities such as reading books and listening to podcasts, tutorials and webinars to build skills and knowledge. His passion for the schools basketball programme comes from his belief in the value of sports, which can teach the lessons that will equip people to succeed.
Rakhudu has a reputation for being contagiously enthusiastic about his programme and the sport. Teaching and motivating children through team activities is a vital learning experience and South Africa is fortunate to have people like Rakhudu to spread the word.