Joy as Nzuzo Mnikathi returns home

2012-01-28 11:26

Durban - There were scenes of joy at King Shaka International Airport on Friday when scores of children welcomed the youngest black person in the world to reach the South Pole.

Nzuzo Mnikathi, 19, landed around noon after spending seven days in the Antarctic as part of a campaign to raise awareness for early childhood development.

KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo, who had promised to be present, did not show up.

However, Mnikathi's supporters - children from Mbalenhle Edu Centre in KwaMashu - did not disappoint him.

He described his experience as "challenging" and the temperatures as deep in minus territory.

"On the third day, I got frostbite and I couldn't ski; I had to use a Ski-Doo [a motorised snow mobile]."

Mnikathi said the expedition team had to ski between eight and 10 times a day with a five-minute break in between.

"Before the expedition I had never put up a camping tent or seen snow. It was extremely cold but also beautiful. It was a privilege for me to have been part of the team."

He credited the team with motivating and encouraging him when he wanted to give up.

"This experience taught me that in life you should never give up, you should be a fighter."

Mnikathi and the team left on January 9 and reached their destination on Sunday morning after covering 111km in seven days.

  • Morakane - 2012-01-28 11:45

    Well done! You make us proud!

      david.lebethe - 2012-01-28 12:01

      You are spot on, sisi. It goes to show that we can excel in all sports if we are given the opportunity.

  • Whitty - 2012-01-28 11:48

    Now send all the politicians to north pole,to raise awareness of their corruption.

  • Michael Woody Wood - 2012-01-28 12:02

    Is this the best your reporters could google?

  • Ian - 2012-01-28 12:14

    KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo, who had promised to be present, did not show up. WELL DUH

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-28 12:21

    Ai, people is desperate.( or is it readers and news 24?) I h'v heard before of the youngest person. Now I h'v heard of the youngest black person. Tomorrow I am going to hear of the young white person. The next day we going to hear of the youngest black person with the longest hair . Than the youngest black person with the shortest hair and than the youngest white person with the longest nose or the whitest of white one's. Sjoe, we are desperately looking for reasons to be counted. Congratulation Nzuzo Mnikathi you make us proud being a South African, with your accomplishment of reaching this goal at such a young age. Thank you for the awareness effort. Hope you conquer your other goals as well. Good luck!

      Kevin - 2012-01-28 14:19

      My sentiments exactly..soon we will be informed of the youngest black one-legged midget, with a four-fingered left hand. 3 nostrils and blond does anyone know he is the youngest black person in the world to reach the South Pole anyway..? Do you have to register your demographic profile when you get there..?

  • Estelle - 2012-01-28 12:35

    Welcome back Nzuzo! You must be happy to be back in sunny SA - What a great accomplishment. You are a role model and you make me proud!

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-28 12:58

    Well done for doing it, not because you're black but because you did it!!!

  • Mike - 2012-01-28 13:02

    Well done Nzuzo!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 14:17

    Well done mate!

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-28 14:30

    What's the big deal here? It's not as if this young black chap walked all the way to the pole on his hands or something. He got there on a ski-doo. Not long ago Jeremy Clarkson, drove to the pole in a Hilux. He didn't get an award for being the fattest, oldest journalist to do it.

  • Karmah - 2012-01-28 18:42

    Yes man. This is the kind of stuff i want to read about! Well done dude =D

  • Bruce - 2012-01-28 20:50

    Where did they leave from? Surely not from the edge of the continent, that would be way more than 111 km. Please give us more detailed news.

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