Race driver Gugu Zulu dies while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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One of South Africa's most celebrated race drivers Gugu Zulu has died attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

"Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu experienced problems breathing," the Nelson Mandela Foundation confirmed in a statement.

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The racing driver was part of Trek4Mandela, an expedition that seeks to create awareness around challenges facing impoverished girls in rural areas. "The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mountain with him. We are informed that the medical teams tried everything possible to save his life."

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Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said: “I am devastated. I knew him well. I recruited him to climb Kilimanjaro. The last thing he said to me at the airport before he left last week was that he wanted to speak about doing other Mandela Day projects. I feel a huge sense of loss.”

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"Made it though day2. My wife is doing fabulous, she has even learnt the local language," Gugu shared on Instagram two days ago. "Am having flu like symptoms and struggling with the mountain but taking it step by step!! Today we managed to see our destination and our camp is literary above the clouds!! Bring day 3!!"

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He leaves behind his wife and one-year-old baby girl.

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Sources: enca.com, timeslive.co.za

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