The 100 Women Changing Wellness
Women's Health South Africa|December 2018
The 100 Women Changing Wellness

In the past year, Elana has garnered a hot new radio gig at Jacaranda FM, moved her family from Cape Town to Jozi, taken part in a TV series, Fynskrif, and run her first 10km in just over an hour.

Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp


In the past year, Elana has garnered a hot new radio gig at Jacaranda FM, moved her family from Cape Town to Jozi, taken part in a TV series, Fynskrif, and run her first 10km in just over an hour. “I don’t always feel sporty, not even when I run for fun. Being a runner is new to my ‘being active’ portfolio, but I have always moved. Through basic ballroom, gym, a bit of boxing, golf, walking and now my favourite – running! I do about 4km, three times a week. It’s a short, easy run and I feel great afterwards. I literally put my running shoes on and race all the youngsters in the estate who are riding bikes. They always win, but that’s also okay. This is ‘me’ time. Time for just me, me, me!” And her goal for next year? Well, she says, to run her first full marathon.


Elana Van Zyl Meyer


You’ll remember Elana as the world champion runner who clinched silver in the 1992 Olympics. Today, she’s shifted her focus to others with her ENDUROCAD SA Endurance Academy, sharing her experience, knowledge and passion with young athletes – and women, like Elana AfrikaBredenkamp, whom she coaches.

“I needed a huge inward focus to be able to achieve success as an athlete competing at the highest international level,” she explains. “Fitness and healthy living are still high priorities in my life – I’m still very fit – but my focus has now changed from running for performance to running for good health! I still get the feel-good endorphins from running and it clears my head and gives me energy! As a working mom, downtime for me is spending time outdoors with my family doing something that we all enjoy”


Amanda du-Pont


“To me, wellness is all about listening to what your body needs… It could be anything from rest to fresh air, exercise or nutritious food. Wellness is about making conscious decisions every day to listen to your body. I have been completely healed of epilepsy all because one day I chose to be healthier and fit and it’s done better for me than any medication ever did.”

An adidas ambassador, Amanda’s also a regular WH woman crush, not to mention an inspiration to a collective 3.2 million (and growing!) social media fans. Keep doing you, Amanda, we love it.


Zuraida Jardine


If it’s empowering inspo you’re after, Zuraida is your girl. Once a radio DJ and TV personality, Zee now counts herself a body-positivity advocate, mom and full-time student. “Life can be short, but life can also be long. I knew that if I were blessed with a long life, I needed to make sure that the tapestry of my time continued to be enriched with growth, purposeful guidance and stories that never stopped.” And that, right there, is why we enjoy this woman – for her mindful approach to everything: her life, her fitness, her body, her family, her work.


Hanli Prinsloo


If your little-girl self ever longed to be a mermaid, this SA freediver-turnedconservationist’s feed will rekindle those childhood fantasies – and give you 1 001 reasons to join the fight against ocean plastic pollution. Unlike more militant conservationists, Hanli’s message is one of hope and inspiration – who wouldn’t want to save the ocean so you can swim with sea turtles? Through her I Am Water Foundation, she travels the world, educating everyone from disadvantaged children to CEOs and flies the SA flag high wherever she goes. And in a ’Gram full of fake news and filters, she’s keeping it refreshingly real.


Marciel Hopkins



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December 2018