Letshego Zulu Deserves A Medal For Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro


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By Megan Flemmit, photography courtesy of Instagram

Her courage is undeniably inspirational.

Co-founder of , , has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, exactly a year after her husband’s death.

Letshego and her husband, Gugu Zulu,  undertook the  last year, to raise awareness for the programme, which aims to increase access to sanitary towels for hundreds of thousands of girls across the country. Unfortunately Gugu, who was a race car driver, became ill and died before he was able to complete the climb.

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At the Trek 4 Mandela send-off at OR Tambo airport last week, Letshego said she would continue supporting this cause despite what life throws her way. “I’m excited to be going on this trek with an amazing group of individuals this year to honour the life of my late husband,” she said.

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Yesterday the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Sello Hatang told that 18 climbers reached the top of the mountain.“For some of us, it was a promise we made to Gugu on the occasion of his passing that we will return to the mountain, and we did. We’d like to thank South Africans for the support they’ve given us,” he told EWN.

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Many people are proud of Letshego’s achievement:

Heroes today & yesteryear – Mandela and Letshego Zulu

— XA African Safaris (@xasafaris)

What a powerhouse of a woman! A few days ago when they left for Tanzania I wondered how she would get through this. Well look.

— Anele Mkumla (@anelemkumla)

They say dynamite comes in small packages & , you’re explosive. Congratulations

— Dunlop Tyres SA (@Dunloptyres_SA)

What has demonstrated is pain can be used to inspire not only you but others. You are magic ma just magic.

— Kay S (@MsKaySos)

Congratulations Letshego. We at Women’s Health are in awe of your strength and achievement.

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