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Khumalo becomes first black African woman to scale Everest

IANS  |  Johannesburg 

South African mountaineer Saray on Thursday became the first black woman from the continent to reach summit.

has been mountaineering for charity and awareness purposes for about six years, as she has been raising funds for the education of her country's children.

"A short while ago, Saray N'kusi reached the top of the world. With her birth in Zambia, Rwandan bloodline and now a South African, this sister of has achieved her goal of becoming the first black woman from to summit Mount Everest," Summits with a Purpose, a platform founded by Khumalo in 2013, announced on

"It will be two days before she arrives back to and shares with everyone about her achievement," they added.

This was Khumalo's fourth attempt to climb Everest, which at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) is the highest peak on Earth.

Bad weather in 2014 and a devastating earthquake in 2015 in held her back from reaching Everest's peak.

This journey is dedicated to which aims to help marginalized and orphaned children in South

In 2012, Khumalo climbed (5,895 meters) in as well as Aconcagua (6,962 meters) in



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 16:12 IST