|SIBONGISENI NTULI||SIBONGISENI NTULI||REMUNERATION AND REWARDS SPECIALIST, NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE
Sibo believes that “indecision is the thief of opportunity.” So, when given the chance to do something amazing, he packed his bags and made the journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town to start a new life working at Virgin Active.
Although he hasn’t been at Virgin Active for long, he’s already looking for an opportunity to grow and go beyond his current role, establishing a well-oiled Remuneration and Rewards department. Once that’s done and dusted, Sibo’s next goal is hold a doctorate in HR.
“This will allow me to be involved in key decisions that positively impacts employees’ careers and personal lives.”
Did we mention he loves dogs?
|YUMNA MATTHEWS||YUMNA MATTHEWS||SALES SUPPORT, NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE
The only thing Yumna loves more than a great party and a good laugh is giving back. Her two biggest goals are to one day make her journey on the Holy Pilgrimage, and make a difference in the lives of needy children. “At the moment, I'm fostering a 7-year-old girl who’s been with me for about 4 months.”
And her giving doesn’t stop there. Yumna also cares for three other children by contributing towards their needs, whether it’s clothing or food. “Sometimes I wish I could gather all the children off the streets and give them everything a child deserves.”
Yumna brings her dedication to make the world a better place to the office too. She’s always happy to help wherever she can, no fuss, no muss, no limelights. Ah, Yums.
|ROY SIBANDA||ROY SIBANDA||SALES MANAGER, CRADLESTONE
Roy became part of the Virgin Active family as a Sales Consultant in 2016, and truly lives the brand in every aspect of his life. He’s a team player, always has a smile on his dial, and believes that team ethic is needed to learn, grow and teach those around him.
He is one of our top Sales Consultants, never fails to hit his targets, and has been to 12 Top Breakfasts which recognise our best performers, since January 2017. He is very proud of himself, and attributes his success to the opportunity he has been given at Virgin Active.
“I started here with zero to my name. Now I am happily married with two children, have a house, and just bought a new 2018 Volkswagen Polo. My goals are to grow the company, open a salon for my wife, put up a tombstone for my late parents, and send my kids to a better school. I aim to be the best I can be by being true to myself.”
Roy is extremely popular with the members and always a friendly face in the gym. He gets rave reviews, attracts many compliments and in turn, gets numerous referrals. Onwards and upwards!
|ZANELE MAHLANGU||ZANELE MAHLANGU||CLUB GENERAL MANAGER, SUNNINGHILL
If you want proof that hard work pays off, spend five minutes with Zanele. With a can-do, take-it-or-leave-it kind of attitude, she once spent the day supporting the sales team as they went door to door making sales, and their target! “We made budget that day, and I was almost in tears because I was so physically and emotionally exhausted”.
A big deal to Zanele is making a difference, that’s why she has her sights set on opening a business that creates jobs. “If I can change the lives of just two people, that’ll be enough for me”.
When she’s not dreaming of making the world a better place, she has goals to get a degree/diploma in mining, which she plans on achieving one step at a time.
|NTOMBIZODWA MHKIZE||NTOMBIZODWA MHKIZE||CLUB-V ATTENDANT, LA LUCIA
Ntombie has been part of the Virgin Active Club-V crew for 14 years and counting. Her big dream was to have her own home for her children. Luckily for her, as a member of the Virgin Active family she was able to access a pension-backed home-loan through Standard Bank. Ntombie wasted no time in getting in touch with her managers, Charmaine and David, and her Regional People Manager, Helen. Everyone moved mountains to help Ntombie achieve her dream!
“They helped me fill in the application forms and about 3 weeks later, the phone rang and I couldn't believe it, my application had been approved! Today I’m proud to say I have my DREAM HOUSE.
Working at Virgin Active is proof that ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together’.”
|BRENDA GREEN||BRENDA GREEN||REGIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT, REGIONAL SUPPORT CAPE
Meet a Virgin veteran, Brenda. After being part of the Virgin Active family for 24 years, she was about to retire when she realised a change of scenery was what she actually wanted. From Club General Manager to Regional Learning Support for the entire Cape, Brenda clearly gets a kick out of helping people become successful.
Talking about success: Her goal is to keep doing what she does until she's 70, and that's assisting her team to achieve their goals to grow great people (thereby creating a rather impressive talent pool for the company, and taking over the world).||33|
|RASHIEDA WITBOOI ||RASHIEDA WITBOOI ||CONTACT CENTRE LEARNER, CONTACT CENTRE
Meet Rashieda, a book lover with big dreams to get onto the SA Paralympic Athletic team, and to become their international coach. After a rough start growing up with an alcoholic mother, and a disability caused by a heart attack she had when she was only 1, Rashieda found a new family, and went on to get her professional license as an athletics and rugby coach. When asked about her childhood, it’s far from all being doom and gloom. In fact, some of her best memories are from when she was 16. “I went to Hollywood to be a Junior Judge for the kids’ Oscars. Visiting Hollywood Studios was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I met Will Smith, stayed at the Disney Land Hotel, and learned how films are made.”
After coming across Virgin Active’s Disability Learnership Programme, Rashieda applied and got in, and so far, the experience has helped her go beyond what she thought she could in life.||32|
|MARIAM DOMINGO||MARIAM DOMINGO||IDENTITY AND ACCESS ADMINISTRATOR, IT OPERATIONS
Single mother Mariam, thought she’d have some more time on her hands, now that her son was old enough to take care of himself. But through a series of circumstances she found herself taking care of her 3 nieces. She describes them as the girls she never had and the girls she never thought she’d have.
It’s a whole new experience for Mariam. Raising 3 girls is very different from raising a boy but she thinks she may be able to do a better job the second-time around. “I can parent a bit better now that I’m older and a bit wiser.”||7|
|NOMSA MAKAPELA||NOMSA MAKAPELA||RECEPTIONIST AT VIRGIN ACTIVE COLLECTION SILO DISTRICT
Nomsa’s all about changing people’s lives every day, in one way or another. She takes the time to learn everyone’s name and does whatever she can to uplift those around her, and sometimes all it takes is a smile. But there’s more to Nomsa than bright red lips, an infectious smile and upbeat attitude. She’s got big dreams to go with her big hair. While she works as a receptionist at Virgin Active Collection Silo District, she’s also a qualified draftswoman and model.
“Because I model, I’ve had to learn to be self-confident and happy with who I am. Confidence is a big deal. In the future I’d love to get an internship to advance my drawing skills, then open my own drawing office where I’d do the technical drawings for architects.”||25|
|MEGAN MCKIE||MEGAN MCKIE||CLUB GENERAL MANAGER, KENILWORTH
Megan started out as a Virgin Active receptionist in 2012. With a lot of hard work and a positive attitude, she’s worked her way up to Club General Manager, but she didn’t get there alone. Megan believes that team work makes the dream work, and that nothing in this world can be developed alone. It takes different ideas, from people with different cultures and backgrounds, to create something truly valuable.
As a leader, she makes an effort to hear every member of her team, because you can learn something from everyone, no matter what your title may be. This has helped her team to grow together, and even shed some tears together. To Megan, colleagues can become family.||27|
|JULIETTE MAKHUVELE||JULIETTE MAKHUVELE||FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER, MORELETA PARK
“While working in Polokwane, we had a serious medical incident where first aid was required. I had to do CPR and was proud of myself because I managed to do what I had been trained to.”
At Virgin Active, we take our members’ health and safety very, very seriously. Our staff are first aid trained and take part in medical drills at least once a month to make sure they’re always prepared to deal with any medical emergency.||22|
|JANE MATLALA||JANE MATLALA||ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR, VIRGIN ACTIVE MORELETA PARK
"During my first swimming lesson, I was so scared that I'd drown or that something bad would happen while I was in the pool because I didn't know how to swim. My body was shaking and I was thinking I might not come back from this! Pat, our swimming coach, did her best to make me feel relaxed and comfortable inside the water. The first session was so hard, but by the end of it I could float and I felt a lot more comfortable - I couldn't wait for more sessions! After 2 months with Pat, I was able to swim on my own! I still have swim sessions so I can improve my swimming and be the best I can be, maybe even as good as Penny Heyns. So big up to our swimming coach Pat, she's the best."||https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZBn4OM4D440, Safe to Swim Programme||19|
|CAROLINE SIMOES||CAROLINE SIMOES||PEOPLE DIRECTOR
Caroline Simoes is still settling into her new role as People Director. Having joined Virgin Active 3½ years ago she’s worked hard to get where she is now. But for her it’s not all about work. She believes work should be fun. She feels passionately about her role at Virgin Active and, along with being a great mom to her 5-year-old son, balancing those two roles is what is most important to her. And, while figuring out how to do that is a constant juggling act, she’s finding her rhythm.
So how does she do it? Well she chalks it up to the support she receives from her husband, her manager and her amazing team at work. She’s also learnt to prioritise the big stuff and tries not to sweat the small stuff.
And for her it’s all about being straight up and doing what you say you are going to do.
At Virgin Active, we’re all about being straight up, and it was our unique culture that drew her here 3½ years ago. For her, the culture of a company is very important and she would not be able to work anywhere that was at odds with her own beliefs.
While she is still getting to grips with her new role, she’s already hard at work making sure that the culture she loves at Virgin Active is felt by all of our very special people throughout the business.||18|
|GO TOGETHER||GO TOGETHER||"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far - go together!"||4|
|LINDA RAOLEKA||LINDA RAOLEKA||REGIONAL PEOPLE MANAGER, GAUTENG CETNRAL
“The part I love the most about my job is leaving a person with a smile and knowing that I was able to help them, like I was helped at some point. I hope that one day when I leave Virgin Active, I would have left a legacy of caring for people and that people would know me as someone who really cared in whatever I did. Sometimes the people you interact with don’t do it because they have an interest in you, they are doing it out of a sense of duty. Everything I do has to be with meaning and with a sense of purpose, the person must say wow, she was different from the people I have dealt with before.”
|SHAYNE KLOPFER||SHAYNE KLOPFER||REGIONAL DIRECTOR, KZN
“I have chosen the leaders I work for as much as they have chosen me.
You don’t always get to choose who you work for but when you’re guiding your own growth and setting career goals you’ve got to look at who you are going to report to and that person must be someone who regards leadership as a position of service, they must want to contribute and invest their time in you, they need to have knowledge, skill and talent to be able to grow me and offer me something as well.
I figured out long ago that contributing to other people’s success is part of my gift. You’ve got goals, you want to build a good life for yourself and be successful. If I can help you, mentor you, coach you, train you to make that goal more achievable, I will contribute in any way. I find it incredibly rewarding, this is what makes this more than just a job, more than just a salary that you get at the end of the month, more meaningful and if that is what you are focusing on, your time is well spent.”||16|