the ambassadors

bryan habana
Former South African Rugby Player, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist

Bryan Habana is a former South African rugby union player. Playing as a wing, Habana was one of the stars of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad, scoring eight tries in the competition. This meant he equalled the record for most tries scored in a single World Cup, set by the late Jonah Lomu in 1999. Later that year, Habana was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year.

At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, he equalled another of Lomu’s records, scoring a total of 15 tries across multiple World Cup tournaments. He is currently in second place for the number of all-time rugby test match tries scored, with a tally of 67.

Since retiring in 2018, Bryan has been fulfilling various ambassadorial and punditry roles as well as doing talks around the world.

His philanthropic drive and desire to continue giving back is burning as bright as ever and he is looking to use the Bryan Habana Foundation in several different ways to do this.

saray khumalo
Motivational Speaker, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Business Executive

Saray Khumalo is an award-winning mountaineer, a Mandle libraries ambassador, the first black African woman to Summit Everest and ski to the South Pole. She has over 18 years experience as a business executive in eCommerce within the financial services industry. She is the founder of #Summitswithapurpose an initiative which she has used to raise over R1.8 million towards literacy and educataion.


Saray is a motivational speaker and transformational coach who uses her journey as a mountaineer and executive to nudge coachable individuals and teams into peak performance. She believes that the sky is not the limit and we should therefore all aim higher than the sky in everything as we change the narrative for the next generation. She is on a quest to complete the Explorer Grand Slam, a challenge that has only been completed by 67 people around the world.

Sibusiso Vilane
Adventurer and Inspirational Speaker

Sibusiso Vilane’s climbing and adventure career began in Swaziland when he met John Doble; a British High Commissioner who was serving in Swaziland when they met. John Doble then introduced Sibusiso into mountain climbing which ultimately led Sibusiso in becoming the first black African to successfully summit Mount Everest in 2003. In 2005, he summited Mount Everest again from the North side, thus conquering the mighty Everest from both the South and the North sides.

Sibusiso then embarked on The Seven Summits quest between 2005 and 2008. He successfully completed the project, which is seven highest peaks of the seven continents of the World! He holds the distinction of being the first black person in the world to achieve this historic feat.

Sibusiso has many additional achievements to add to the list including writing his first book, titled ‘To the Top from nowhere’.

Warrior Ric
Speaker, Facilitator, Warrior Race Chief Inspirer

WarriorRic (aka Ricardo Gressel) is a speaker and facilitator driven by an innate passion to transform lives and organisations through inspiration and motivation. “The Extra Mile,” otherwise known as a ‘Trail Run with Heart,’ is organised by one of Warrior500’s strategic partners, More Community Trust (MCT). Their annual charity run is designed to connect communities in villages of Huntington, Justicia and Hazyview of the Bushbuckridge Municipality of Mpumalanga. WarriorRic’s role in MCT’s fundraising event is to engage communities, sponsors, participants and spectators as he is also well known for executing as Chief Inspirer of South Africa’s largest obstacle course race series, “The Warrior Race.” It was through “The Extra Mile” race event that WarriorRic ‘clicked’ strategically and intrinsically with nature, conservation, tourism and the villages themselves.

As one of the ambassadors of Warrior500, WarriorRic hopes to shed light on a difficult situation now made seemingly impossible for many in Bushbuckridge due to COVID-19 and the lockdown. In addition, with Warrior500, and the awareness drive, his hope is that the project can also bring the relevant, tangible and critically needed resources in education, skills development and basic human rights for sustainability in the region, and ultimately to support conservation efforts through local and international tourism.

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