Khumalo first Black woman on Everest

Hero’s welcome for first black African woman on Everest

Saray Khumalo

27 May 2019
Report by Milton Nkosi


Hundreds of people in Johannesburg have given a hero’s welcome to the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest.

A crowd gathered at South Africa’s main airport OR Tambo International to welcome Saray Khumalo with song and dance.


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Ms Khumalo, a business executive, made history earlier this month when she reached the top of the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest.

As she arrived in Johannesburg she told well-wishers that it was not just about her.

“It wasn’t just a personal quest. It was something I embarked on in an effort to educate the African child. Everything that I have done, I’ve done because somebody invested in my education.

It was her fourth attempt to climb the 8,850m (29,035ft) mountain, where 10 people have died this year alone.

Source: BBC News Africa

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