Pulling Through Storms,Redi Hlape

For someone whose only aspiration when growing up was to be an adult so she can have independence and freedom, she has clearly done far more and has turned  into a woman many young girls look up to and aspire to be like.

Coming from a background where violence was at the order of the day, she persevered with her studies and obtained an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Johannesburg.

She started her career as a reporter at Network Radio News and since then has become a respected reporter, news anchor and talk show host. She is currently on radio (Cape Talk & Radio 702) and has published a book, Endings & Beginnings, for which she won the 2013 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.

Over the years as a reporter and news anchor she has interviewed prominent news makers such as President Thabo Mbeki, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and many more.

Redi has also run several marathons and ultra-marathons including the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.Naturally, her love for literature has also made her an avid reader.

Redi says that literature as a whole has exposed her mind to different realities and taught her valuable lessons – a quest she still continues.

Redi never forgot the struggles she had to endure and drew strength from her experiences to persevere to achieve her goals.

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