Messages of congratulations poured in from all over the world for South African female business executive Saray N’kusi Khumalo who became the first woman to scale and reach the top of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, Nepal, on Thursday
At 29 029 feet – 8 840 meters – above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest and most prominent mountain on earth based on measurement from sea level. Almost 300 people have died trying to climb Mount Everest.
Born in Zambia, with a Rwandan bloodline and now a South African, Khumalo achieved her goal of becoming the first black woman from Africa to summit Mount Everest, after four attempts.
On social media, Saray Khumalo was trending at number one with congratulatory messages streaming in from many prominent and ordinary individuals.
Khumalo had to be rescued from Mount Everest by helicopter during her attempt to summit in 2017, after she was injured during inclement weather.
After being on Everest during both the Serac fall in 2014 and the earthquake in 2015, she reached the south summit in 2017.
Through pure perseverance, grit and courage she decided to return to Mount Everest in 2019. During this expedition, she supported the Dr Thandi Ndlovu Foundation.
Bazalwane, today we celebrate #SarayKhumalo. Saray Khumalo is the first African woman who has conquered Mount Everest. Go out and make history African child. You can achieve anything! pic.twitter.com/XWkF4mP4PZ
— Christo (@ChristoThurston) May 16, 2019
In 2012, Saray summitted Mt Kilimanjaro and in the process raised funds for the Lunchbox Fund.
Her mountaineering passion took hold and she embarked on a journey to climb the highest peak on each continent, not for herself but for the education of African children. She summitted Mt Elbrus in 2014 and Mt Aconcagua in 2015.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) May 16, 2019
Khumalo became a Nelson Mandela Libraries ambassador and raised nearly R1 million for school libraries.
Saray Khumalo became the first black African woman to reach the top of Mount Everest on Thursday, 16 May 2019.
— SA Metro (@sametronews) May 16, 2019
Congratulations to Saray Khumalo for becoming the first Black African Woman to scale Mount Everest. The sky is quite literally the limit for you!!
— Department of Women (@DepartmentWomen) May 16, 2019
Congratulations to the pathfinder and a role model to all #SarayKhumalo . You struck a blow for women everywhere. With determination and guts, you demonstrated it is always possible to summit the Everest, even in and of our lives. https://t.co/VM41qiR8VX
— Tim Modise (@TimModise) May 16, 2019
Author: ANA Newswire