|JOSEPH MOTSWAI ||JOSEPH MOTSWAI ||HEAD OF CONTACT CENTRE, CONTACT CENTRE
For Joseph, going above and beyond and giving back is big on his to-do list. This can be seen in his work at Virgin Active, and his goals for his community.
"I'm very proud of the work I did when we relocated the Virgin Active contact centre from Claremont to Foreshore in 2015. I remember walking from the proposed sites to the train station, taxi ranks, and bus terminuses in order to know what my staff will experience daily. "
"I want to teach. I have a passion for teaching and coaching, and plan to lecture part-time soon. I also I want to give back. I plan to start a private schooling scholarship for academically deserving kids in township schools by the time I'm 55."||https://www.youtube.com/embed/9yXJyhzJtFM?ecver=1, Joseph Motswai ||34|
|EUGENE HEFER||EUGENE HEFER||
RETENTION CONSULTANT, CONTACT CENTRE
Eugene has been an athlete for most of his life and breaking his back in a car accident at age 19 has not stopped him. Before the accident he was an avid runner and narrowly missed out on his provincial colors after he decided to go for a smoke break. The sound of the shot gun going off and the roar of the whole school screaming, while he was still smoking, will haunt him for the rest of his life. Today Eugene, may not be able to use his legs but he still competes in his wheelchair. In a hope to redeem himself, he’s given up smoking and has his eyes set on a goal much bigger than his provincial colors.“In 2020 I will definitely be at the Paralympics, reaching my dream, achieving my goal.”||https://www.youtube.com/embed/T9p3fI7lSo8, Watch Eugene's Story||6|
|PAT GROENEWALD||PAT GROENEWALD||SWIM COACH, VIRGIN ACTIVE MENLYN
Pat’s spent the last 24 years teaching kids how to swim. She discovered her passion for coaching when she took her son for a swimming lesson and the rest, as they say, is history.
For most of her coaching career, she’s worked at Virgin Active Menlyn Park and
has build great relationships with the club staff. With a rise in drowning statistics in South Africa, learning to swim is a life-saving skill. So when some of the staff needed to learn how to swim to keep our members safe, she jumped at the chance to teach them, but teaching adults is very different to teaching kids because many of them have had bad experiences with water.
So how does she help them overcome their fears? She teaches them to trust themselves and the water.
“Every life is precious and learning to swim is very important.” – Pat. ||20|
|PRECIOUS MADUTLELA||PRECIOUS MADUTLELA||MARKETING LEARNER, MARKETING OPERATIONS
“I want to broaden my knowledge, and use that to make a difference in the world. I want to be in a position where I can use my life experiences, challenges and expertise to educate and inspire young people to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.”||9|
|COLETTE SMITH||COLETTE SMITH||HEAD OF MARKETING OPERATIONS, NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE
Colette’s life changed forever in November 2017, around the same time she was promoted to Head of Marketing Operations for Virgin Active. She received the phone call she’d been waiting for. In two weeks, Colette and her husband, Terence, would be the new parents of an adopted 2-year-old boy.
Despite being caught up in the lovely whirlwind that’s now her life. Colette loves that she can relax and be herself at work - great days, bad days, it’s all good. “It’s not realistic to think that you can leave your personal stuff at home. It’s about knowing that it’s okay to bring it to work. At Virgin Active, we are people, not staff numbers.” ||31|
|SAARAH SEPTEMBER||SAARAH SEPTEMBER||PEOPLE PARTNER, NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE
Saarah knows that life is too short to not be yourself, even if that means being a little silly sometimes. She isn’t shy of who she is, and being herself is part of what makes her a great member of our team. When work gets really tough and you’re juggling a lot of tasks, Saarah reminds us that
you can take the work seriously, without taking yourself too seriously in the process. By being 100% herself, she inspires her colleagues to be themselves too.
Knowing who you are is step one. Once you know, you’ve got to own it. Don’t be afraid of judgement. Be confident about your convictions and love every part of yourself, from your friendly smile all the way to your weirdest phobias. If you let your silly shine, there’ll always be light around you.||29|
|NAVARE WILSON||NAVARE WILSON||OPERATIONS MANAGER, CLAREMONT
When you meet Navare, the first thing you notice about him is his tattoos. Unfortunately, that’s the only thing some people see when they look at him. His tattoos are a stumbling block for some people, who make assumptions about who he is based on the ink that covers his skin. He doesn’t mind when people stop and look at him, but he hopes that people will figure out that there’s a lot more to him than just his tattoos.
Instead of judging people, Navare chooses to put his own views aside and puts himself in other people’s shoes. He does this in hope of understanding other people better. He encourages us all to do the same and make the world a more compassionate place.||1|
|BE YOURSELF ||BE YOURSELF ||"Virgin People can truly be themselves at work. We love all of the things that make each of us unique and believe our collective differences make us stronger."||2|
|RICHARD NDIWENUMURYANGO ||RICHARD NDIWENUMURYANGO ||HEAD OF MAINTENANCE AT VIRGIN ACTIVE COLLECTION SILO DISTRICT
After struggling to find work for two years, Richard finally got a job working as a security car guard at Virgin Active in Claremont in 2001. One night, during a car robbery, he was stabbed. Virgin Active made the call to bring him in-house to work as a maintenance operator. Since then, he’s worked his way up to head of maintenance at Virgin Active Collection Silo District and put his wife through nursing school – proof that dreams can come true.
This hardworking family man who loves to make a difference, big or small, is much more than meets the eye. “I love country music, especially Chris Young and Alan Jackson! And I can speak seven languages: Kirundi, French, English, Swahili, Xhosa, Portuguese, a little bit of Zulu - and I’m working on my Afrikaans, “Dis lekker”. ||23|
|JEOFREY MALIVHUSHA||JEOFREY MALIVHUSHA||CLUB GENERAL MANAGER, BEL AIR & NORTHGATE
The interesting thing about being a leader is that there’s so much more to the role than making sure people do their jobs. It’s about building relationships with the people you work with, and sometimes this means being more of a counsellor. Problem solving in the work place isn’t simply solving business issues, it’s about solving human ones too, and no one knows this better than Jeofrey. “It's the smiles I see on their faces of my team that keeps me motivated and wanting to do more and bring out the best in them”.
This driven CGM, who’s aiming to become a regional director in the near future, may not be a fan of heights, but he has set his sights high. He’s currently busy with his Global Executive Development Programme, while running a business with his wife, which he plans on turning into an empire. ||https://www.youtube.com/embed/3BcCWFNauO0, Watch Jeofrey's Story||26|