Thuli Madonsela begins Kilimanjaro ascent

Posted by Gabrielle Jacobs on 6 August 2019

Currently, Professor Thuli Madonsela is on her way up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as part of a campaign that champions the education and literacy of young girls.

She is joined by 23 other women and men leading an adventurous initiative on behalf of the Imbumba Foundation’s ‘Trek4Mandela’ social justice Kilimanjaro campaign.

The group flew from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Tanzania on Monday 5 August.

‘I have decided to step up and show up by climbing Kilimanjaro. It is not just about stretching myself, but also about highlighting that if we are going to bring an end to poverty and inequality in this country, and the world, each and every one of us has to step up and move beyond our comfort zones. And for me Kilimanjaro is not in my comfort zone,’ Madonsela told the media.

Madonsela and the rest of the team are expected to summit Kilimanjaro on Women’s Day, Friday 9 August . One of the benefactors of Trek4Mandela is Caring4Girls which runs educational and supportive programmes for young girls going through puberty, and also helps to provide access to sanitary towels, so that they don’t need to miss school on a monthly basis.

The former Public Protector’s Twitter retweets reveal that she’d even tuned in to a radio broadcast on the topic of physical and mental conditioning ahead of a mountaineering expedition. We’d expect nothing less from the shrewd advocate.

For more information on how you can support the campaign, visit

Post updated on 8 August.

Image: Pixabay

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