Africa's first black woman, Saray Khumalo, has successfully climbed to the top of Mount Everest which is the world’s highest mountain on Thursday May 16, 2019.
Saray Khumalo became Africa’s first female to have successfully climbed to the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest on Thursday 16, 2019.
The South African national tried but failed in the past to reach the top of the mountain in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Saray attempted the fourth time in 2019 to reach the 8,850-metre summit of the mountain.
On Thursday May 16, she achieved her goal, conquering the mountain to inspire many others.
She has been celebrated across the continent after attaining such a feat.
Also a business executive, Ms Khumalo has for many years desired to climb the world’s highest mountain but was unsuccessful until this year.
She was born in Zambia, with Rwandan bloodline and now a South African.
A post on Summits with a Purpose on Facebook said in 2012 Saray summitted Mt Kilimanjaro and in the process raised funds for the Lunchbox Fund.
The mountaineering passion took hold and she embarked on a journey to climb the highest peak on each continent, not for herself but the education of African children.
Khumalo summitted Mt Elbrus in 2014 and Mt Aconcagua in 2015. She became a Nelson Mandela Libraries ambassador and raised nearly R1m for school libraries.
After being on Everest during both the serac fall 2014 and the earthquake 2015, she reached the south summit in 2017.
Through pure perseverance, grit and courage she decided to return to Mt Everest in 2019.
On social media, many Africans are celebrating Khumalo for her achievement.
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