Getting to know Palesa Deejay Manaleng

Palesa Deejay Manaleng is a second year Public Relations student, a national athlete and a journalist at eNCA. She is listed in the Mail & Guardians 200 Young South Africans and 2018 was named one of News24 100 Young Mandalas of the future.

She studied journalism at Tshwane University of Technology and while studying, she was a journalism cadet at the Witbank News and worked at eNCA (2014) as a junior online writer. However, towards the end of 2014 she was involved in a fatal accident that left her paralyzed and having to spend rest of the year in hospital recovering after a cycling accident . The brakes of her bicycle failed on a downhill, she hit a pavement and flew into a palisade wall. She dislocated her spine, broke two ribs, punctured a lung, fractured a shoulder and sustained a head injury, she’s now a complete paraplegic.

Once out of hospital she worked for Global Girl Media as a journalism tutor, while working for Wits Vuvuzela as a Sesotho tutor (2015). She also represented South Africa in three Para-cycling World Cups in 2015, 2016 and 2019. The para-athlete has competed in four national championships and is currently looking to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games as a hand cyclist and a wheelchair racer.

She want to be the first female South African to compete in both disciplines at the Paralympics.


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