Bongani Mahlangu

Born7 December 1996
SchoolZimisele Secondary School in KwaThema, South Africa, UNISA
Lives inKwaThema, South Africa


Bongani Mahlangu  lost his leg on his 13th birthday when a motorist crashed into him while he was playing with friends next to the road.

He was referred to Jumping Kids and became a beneficiary of the NPO in 2010. Bongani showed a talent for athletics and went on to participate in Para athletics, representing Gauteng Province, from 2011 to 2015.

Now (2023) out of school and studying to become a lawyer through the University of South Africa (UNISA), Bongani is a great example to the younger generation who are, like him, having to navigate the world successfully as a prosthetic device user.

He is a valued ambassador and role-model at Jumping Kids.

HIGHLIGHTS since becoming a Jumping Kids ambassador…

  • started studying at UNISA to pursue a career in law.
  • set a new South African Record in the u/20 T44 long jump with leap of 5.28m and went on to take silver in the 100m & 200m sprints at the 2015 SASAPD Nedbank National Athletics Championships.
  • won gold in the T44 under-20 200 m (30.24 sec) & the 100 m (14.08 sec) and silver in the F44 long jump (4.68m) at the 2014 Nedbank National Athletics Championships.
  • represented the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund at various events including the StepUp500 Challenge, the Warrior Race Series and the Avis Jumping Kids Madiba Day event in 2013.
  • represented Gauteng Province at the 2011 & 2013 Nedbank SASAPD National Para Athletics Championships and set a new South African record in the under-18 men F44 long jump (4.15m) at the 2013 event.


Best Jumping Kids moment/s

The best part is being able to do sport again and all the wonderful sponsored events we get to go to that is organised by Jumping Kids.

Future goal/s

I dream of being successful in my sport and education. I would also like to inspire others by proving that amputation does not mean the end of life.

Message to children living with disabilities

My message is that an amputation does not have to mean the end of your career or future goals. It is possible to live a normal life just like anyone else.