Top cyclist Luthando Kaka has been on an unswerving journey to success from the start. He began his career representing South Africa at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Australia only a year after taking up cycling. He’s captained and co-founded professional cycling teams, sits on the board of Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy and is the operations director overseeing events at the Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride4Hope.
In how Kaka chooses to solidify his legacy, he cites generosity as much as he does dedication.
“One should work hard and remember every opportunity is a blessing and should be treated as such. But being generous is equally important; everything we receive is a result of someone giving us a chance,” he says.
He completed a diploma in journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and then a BA in Communication Science through Unisa. He then became an editorial assistant at Touchline Media’s Bicycling Magazine, after which he decided to get into cycling as a fulltime career.
Kaka notes that self-doubt is one of the difficulties he’s had to overcome to bring his aspirations to life. Some of his goals have seemed unattainable because they had never been done before. But he perseveres. As acting chairperson of Velokhaya he’s seen the dream of building a state of the art sports and education facility in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, is his proudest moment.