No limbs, but no limits for award-winning Samkelo Radebe

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Double amputee, Samkelo Radebe, is an overachiever who does not let his disability stand in his way.

A silver medalist in the 100m race in the T46 disability category at the 2010 Commonwealth games in India, and a gold medalist at the Paralympics as part of the 4 x 100 m relay team – is there anything this guy can’t do?

Off track, he’s accomplished even more, he has a law degree and works as a financial advisor and wealth planner.

But he says it wasn’t easy finding a job as amputee. When he applied for jobs and disclosed his disability, chances were limited, but when he didn’t disclose his disability on his C.V. the calls came flooding in.

“This made me wonder if disabled people are only used for BEE,” he says.

In the latest issue of Drum, he tells us about how he came to lose his limbs as a nine–year–old boy who was electrocuted, but being the strong man that he is, he was the one to encourage his parents saying being alive was more important that being disabled.

“The first time I saw I had no hands was one of those moments where you say ‘life starts here’,” he says.

But losing his limbs didn’t hold him back at all and he says he didn’t need any counselling.

“I never had a depressed moment,” he admits. “Every day was a discovery and I was always excited. Going home was an achievement because I always had a vision of going home.”

There is more that this dynamic young man has to say about his resilience, overcoming life’s challenges as a double amputee and about being awarded Sports Personality of the year in the 2013 Gauteng Sports Awards.

Read more in the new issue on Drum, on shelves this Friday.