D-Day for brave matriculant

2012-01-14 07:19

The moment of truth has arrived for Nzuzo Mnikathi (19) from KwaZulu-Natal who plans to become the youngest black person to walk the South Pole.

The 14-day trek to the South Pole starts tomorrow.

Mnikathi has just conquered another giant – his matric examinations.

While not totally satisfied with his results, Mnikathi achieved a higher certificate pass.

“I must admit I’m a bit disappointed. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. I hardly slept. I was studying full-time. I had Red Bulls like you won’t believe to try to stay awake,” the former pupil from Nomaswazi in Pietermaritzburg said.

As an ambassador of a non-profit organisation, The Unlimited Child, the young adventurer will form part of the six-man team from South African and takes on the expedition to highlight the importance of early childhood development as the first and most important building block in a child’s education.

“I’m a bit scared I won’t lie to you. I think what I’m about to do is starting to catch up with me,” he said.

The intensive training he has undergone since finishing writing his exams, which has included pulling a tyre on a harness along the beach, is child’s pay compared with his mental training.

“I think physically, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. But I must say I haven’t enjoyed the mental training as much. Sitting in a freezer for six hours until your fingers, which I gloved I might add, turn blue and red and all the colours of the rainbow is no joke,” laughed Mnikathi.

Mnikathi plans to study environmental science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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