Gugu Ndima

Spokesperson, Young Communist League

Gugu Ndima took many of her colleagues
at Discovery Health by surprise when she
courageously challenged the company's CEO,
Adrian Gore, last year on the company's
ill-treatment of black workers and its failure
to transform.
The 26-year-old's hard-hitting letter, which
she wrote to Gore after she was fi red for failing
to come to work on election day, sparked a
political storm, prompting Cosatu's health
union, Nehawu, the ANC and the communist
party to intervene and question the company's
commitment to transformation.
Formerly deputy president of the South
African Student Congress, Ndima joined the
Young Communist League [YCL] as national
spokesperson in August last year. Apart from her
full-time job as spin doctor for the YCL, Ndima,
who studied fi nancial accounting and credit
management, is a freelance writer for several
publications, including Afropolitan magazine
and the Black Business Quarterly. She says she
sees her involvement in politics as a calling
rather than a career. � Matuma Letsoalo

Lunch spot: The Hurricane, Katlehong, Johannesburg