after becoming the first black African to reach the summit of Mount Everest,
Sibusiso Vilane, has made history for the second time successfully summiting
Mount Everest from the more difficult North Ridge on the 3rd of June. This
makes him the first black man in the world to climb the world’s highest peak
from both the North
At a press
conference held at the Sandton Sun Intercontinental, Vilane, who landed safely
back in South Africa this morning, said: “When there is a mountain between you
and your personal goals, you have to move the mountain. I have not conquered a
mountain but rather I have achieved my goals.”
shares his elation with the children from the charities he climbed for. His
sole purpose for joining this expedition was to aid three charities namely,
Birth to Twenty, SOS Children’s Village–Swaziland and Africa Foundation.
second attempt was more ambitious, as he approached the 8,848m peak from the
more difficult North Ridge. Although the summit was a success they were faced
with many hazardous factors, some hair-raising moments and bad weather.
comments on the weather, “It was frightening and the wind was so strong that
at one point I thought we were going to be blown right back to South Africa.”
expressed gratitude to all his African supporters especially his
sponsors; Cape Union Mart, Anglo American, Mazda and Batsalani. Other sponsors
that he would like to thank are: the telethon sponsors, PLP, as well as the
sponsors of his return activities; Southern Sun, who sponsored the press
conference and accommodation for the Vilane family and kulula.com who
sponsored the flights for the Vilane family and Tin Can who kept the public
through the media up to date on Vilane’s progress during the
Now that he
has returned, Vilane says he would love to get involved with schools around
the country, to motivate and inspire the South African youth to believe in
their dreams and make them a reality.
Vilane, a 34-year-old game ranger, father of three and native of South Africa
and Swazi, became the first black man to summit Mount Everest. The goal of Vilane’s climb this year is to raise money for three children's charities: The
Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation
and the SOS Children's Village in Swaziland. Vilane will be climbing with
South African Alex Harris and world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
When Vilane returns from his climb he hopes to be more involved in public
speaking—specifically to motivate and inspire children.
Undaunted by a full day in Everest’s “death zone” Vilane was
reported still elated by his experiences atop Everest when he touched down at
London’s Heathrow Airport. He spent some time resting in Britain before
returning to a hero’s welcome in South Africa
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