|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|