Nzuzo reaching new heights

By Drum Digital
29 November 2011

A 19-year-old from Pietermaritzburg will be realising his dream when he forms part of a team to set off on the 111km trek across Antarctica to the South Pole in January.

If he succeeds, young Nzuzo Mnikathi will set a new world record as the youngest black person ever to walk to the South Pole.

It’s all part of a drive by The Unlimited Child, an organisation that is sponsoring Nzuzo to highlight the importance of early childhood development. This matric student is an ambassador for The Unlimited Child, as he is living proof that all people have unlimited potential – he lost both his parents at a young age but was raised by his inspiring grandmother and now plans to study Environmental Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal next year.

But not before he’s walked in 24-hour daylight in sub-zero temperatures that range from -30°C to -60°C to cross the South Pole. He will be on his feet continuously, skiing for between seven and 10 hours each day and hauling a 40kg sledge. There are no plants or animal life, only snow, ice and sky.

“I want to use this opportunity to show the world that all things are possible, that difficulties can be overcome with determination and the right attitude,” he says. “It’s about giving every single young child in South Africa a chance at a future. I have also learned that education is the one thing that can never be taken away from you.”

As the countdown to his trip begins, find out more about the expedition at and follow his blog.

The Unlimited Child says:

·     Currently, there are over six million children aged 0 to 7 in South Africa that have little to no access to early childhood development.

·     The organisation has now reached 124 crèches that together care for just under 7 000. They also supply crèches with educational toys designed to develop skills in pre-school children.

·     At the same time, crèche care-givers are trained to ensure they know how to maximise the use of the toys and create stimulating learning environments.

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