A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on May 16th, becoming the first black African woman to conquer the world’s highest mountain, AFP has reported. Saray Khumalo, 47, reached the peak of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain after three previous attempts were foiled by bad weather, injury and earthquake.
"Khumalo is the first African woman to summit Mount Everest, in support of her cause of promoting access to education for African children," South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on his Twitter account. "She reminds us that through courage and perseverance, we can achieve our highest ambitions."
Nepal's Tourism Department confirmed that Khumalo had made the summit but had no record on whether she was the first black African woman.
Khumalo is on a quest to conquer the highest peaks on each continent. She has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia. Khumalo uses her expeditions to raise funds for children’s education and libraries in Africa. She also dedicates her quests to “women and girls, daughters of the African soil who dare to dream”, Khumalo says on her website.