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Thabang Skwambane

Thabang Skwambane is co-founder and executive director of Kaelo Consulting, a successful health and wellness company specializing in HIV/AIDS programmes and founding Director of The Lonely Road Foundation, an organization set up to help rural communities manage their own Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) problems. Born in Gaborone, Botswana, and raised in Namibia, in what was the former South West Africa, during the Apartheid era, Thabang now lives and works in Johannesburg. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the University of Cape Town, Thabang went from working for Mark Shuttleworth to banking and left a successful career at Standard Bank as a Merchant Banker to get involved in the struggle of our era, preserving our quality of life. He is supported by leading South Africans like Clem Sunter and Justice Edwin Cameron and in a show of support before his epic journey Cyril Ramaphosa says in an e-mail to Thabang: "It is a rare commodity to find someone who is willing to fight to preserve and enhance the lives of others so selflessly". He has committed himself to fighting not just HIV/AIDS but also other "silent killers" that South Africans neglect to prevent such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Cholesterol. His belief and that of Kaelo, a company that manages almost 1,000 HIV positive patients and many more Chronic Disease sufferers, is that if you keep the breadwinner of the family alive and productive, the entire family unit has the best opportunity of survival. Kaelo Consulting is a testament to South Africans and Africans that HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence and through Thabang and his partner's dedication it has made an indelible mark on South African society. Kaelo continues to enhance the value of life through their chronic disease management and clinical offering nationwide to both the medically insured and uninsured. Thabang, got on a bicycle, alone and unsupported and cycled to Mt. Kilimanjaro (Moshe) in Tanzania. This journey of 5,456 kms took him through 6 countries and at the end of his journey he climbed Kilimanjaro with friends and family. He, experienced great hardship during this 3 month escapade, he was robbed at knife-point, endured the cold, the heat, illness, wild animals, was hit by a truck, suffered dysentery, lived with the local people and lost 14 kilograms. His challenge was to maintain a substantial distance per day, 110 kilometers, and to arrive at the foot of Kilimanjaro within a certain time frame. He has been recognised for his achievement by the media, his peers and was selected as a finalist in the Johnny Walker Striding Man Search competition. He can now be seen speaking to multitudes of people about the importance of "mobilizing to save our country". [+]