Karabo Kgoleng

Radio Personality, Safm

Karabo Kgoleng gets paid to learn. It's a strange concept for a 29-year-old
who dropped out of her science degree at Wits because she couldn't
afford to study. But the absence of that little piece of paper didn't stop her; it
just made her more determined.
After six years in community radio, Kgoleng is living out her broadcast
dream, interviewing literary giants such as Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri and
Mandla Langa on her Sunday SAfm literature programme, along with her
weekday show, Afternoon Talk.
A single mother, classical pianist and self-confessed bookworm, this
sought-after speaker is always expanding her knowledge and helping to
entrench a culture of reading in South Africa. It's her life's work. Because,
although she can philosophise with the best of them, she is pragmatic about
one thing � a literate society is a tolerant society and one we should all be
working towards. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Salvation Cafe, 44 Stanley, Milpark, Johannesburg