19 August 2014

Africa: Hiking the Roof of Africa - My Journey to the Depths of Myself


A month before he left to climb Kilimanjaro, JAY NAIDOO first made the decision to go. Three weeks before he was due to leave, he sprained his ankle and wound up on crutches. But health warnings be damned, he went, and he did it for Mandela. And for himself. This is how it went.

Why did I go?

I'm turning 60 this year. This has always been on my bucket list.

But seriously, I wanted to pay a personal final tribute to the memory and values that Madiba stood for from the roof of Africa - the top of Kilimanjaro at Uhuru Peak, the highest free standing mountain in the world, towering close to 6,000 metres above sea. It would be closure of an era for me. And a small personal sacrifice for the enormous ones Madiba made for all of us. I also wanted to search for, and hopefully find, a renewal of the motivation to continue pursuing his dreams and hopes, that inspired for billions across the world who are today on the receiving end of an unprecedented pillage of human greed, poverty and inequality.

Photo: And so begun my personal final tribute to the memory and values...


Diplomats Told to Study Science and Health

Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared… Read more »

Copyright © 2014 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,000 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.