“Win the morning, win the day,” is Maikeleng Ledimo’s motto. Waking up and putting one’s best foot forward, she says, sets the tone for a successful 24 hours. Early mornings seem inevitable with a schedule as busy as hers, but various accolades suggest that she benefits from her own advice. Ledimo calls Sharpeville home and works as a nurse at Wildebeesfontein Clinic. She is concurrently completing a master’s programme in nursing at the University of Pretoria, after graduating from there with an honours degree in the discipline. She also serves as the rapporteur of the SADC youth parliament — a role that allows her to engage her keen interest in the politics of healthcare. Her proudest achievement in that capacity was the health committee’s #EndNTDs campaign, which shone a light on the lack of resources and injustices surrounding neglected tropical diseases.
I want to give hope to those who were previously disadvantaged and marginalised.