After four unsuccessful attempts, Johannesburg business executive and philanthropist Saray Khumalo achieved her ultimate goal - reaching the tallest peak in the world - on Friday morning. She proudly planted the South African flag on top of the world.
In doing so, she has demonstrated that women are just as capable as men, nullifying the myth that women are the weaker sex.
Of even greater significance is that the conquest of Mount Everest by Khumalo is a morale booster for black South African women.
The government is pursuing a policy of gender parity in all government departments. For instance, it wants all speakers in the provincial legislatures controlled by the ANC to be women. Unfortunately, some of the women deployed to government posts have performed dismally.