“Life may deal you a bad hand or take away a good hand you were already dealt. The way you play the hand is how your life is defined…” (quote by Benjamin Bayani, author of The Lost Souls)

This is the mantra by which the following well-known stars live.

As we all know, life is never plain sailing for anyone, but sometimes it’s kinder to some and more harsher for others.

These local stars have faced more than a little setback. They’ve faced tragedies of various kinds (and publicly, no less) – ones that would break many people.

But they chose not to be a victim or a statistic and fought back to where they turned their tragedy into a triumph.

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Inspirational! Take a look at these stars we love and respect for their fighting spirits…


Choosing to live – Letshego Zulu

Imagine losing your husband, father of your baby daughter and best friend in a tragic death.

That’s what Gugu Zulu’s widow had to go through publicly three years ago.

Letshego’s world was turned upside down when the motorsport driver died after suffering respiratory problems while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Nelson Mandela’s charity in 2016.

Fast forward to 2019 – Letshego has recently! released her memoir I Choose To Live – what an apt title – which details her effort in putting back the pieces of her life, including being a single mom and undertaking charity events in Gugu’s honour. Last year she made the very same trek up Mt Kili for Gugu and Madiba. We admire her strength, strong will and tenacity!


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka – granddaughter of Nelson Mandela – is the perfect example of the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.

After all, she’s had to deal with childhood sexual abuse, the tragic loss of two children, breast cancer – which she beat twice! – and overcoming substance abuse for the last two decades.

And through it all, Zoleka is still inspiring us with her positive outlook and pearls of wisdom!

Much respect to her!



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I never in a million years, thought that I would ever author my very own autobiography! I wrote When Hope Whispers in between my Chemotherapy treatments and within 5 months of writing, it was published. I never intended to share my personal journey with the tragic loss of my two children, nor my addiction to cocaine for 10yrs and alcohol for 17yrs – until @thabisobonita changed my mind and entire life!!! Here I am at 39, never thinking I would ever amount to anything in life or ever live to see 30, using my life as a cautionary tale. I was sexually abused from the age of 9 up until I was 14 and physically abused from the age of 4 to 14, and only told my family at the age of 21 because I didn’t know I could ask for help, I didn’t know that having so many women and men abuse me physically and sexually – was not my fault. I’ve had to put my second book on hold, my therapist (whose read my manuscript) feels that I still need to work through it all and I agree with her because I have never actually worked through any of it – not the self blame, the abuse, the guilt, the loss of my kids, the shame, the sex addiction, the anger … Thanking you all, for choosing When Hope Whispers out of the plethora of books worthy of reading! I actually have a voice and my life is no novelty, it’s a reminder that we all have a voice and life stories worthy of sharing too! #WhenHopeWhispers #ZolekaMandela #NeverTooLateToRewriteYourLifeStory

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