PHOTO: Former drug addict Leroy Salva turned his life around and is now into the lucrative property business. SUPPLIED

JOHANNESBURG – A junkie-turned-entrepreneur who had to pull himself up by his bootstraps after hitting rock bottom due to drug addiction is now a key player in the multibillion-rand South African property sector.
Not only did Leroy Salva battle substance abuse, he had to surmount many challenges on his way to the top, including losing R1 million in a franchise business deal that went sour.
The 33-year-old businessman from Boksburg is founder and chief executive of Leroy Salva Properties, which he established in 2009,  among other business interests.