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The first black African woman to conquer Mount Everest

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Africa has it’s first black woman to have climbed to the top of Mount Everest which is the world’s highest mountain.

The South African Saray Khumalo has been celebrated across the continent for such a feat.

Saray Khumalo tried but failed in the past to reach the top of the mountain in 2014, 15 and 16.

This was her fourth attempt to reach the 8,850-metre summit of the mountain.

Finally on Thursday May 16, she achieved her goal, conquering the mountain to inspire many others.

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Ms Khumalo is a business executive but has for many years desired to climb the world’s highest mountain.

She was born in Zambia, with Rwandan bloodline and now a South African.

Saray Khumalo has been celebrated across the continent for such a feat

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.”

Celebrating Africa’s first

On social media, many Africans are celebrating Khumalo for her achievement.




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