Sibusiso Vilane, a game ranger with dual South African and Swazi nationality became the second South African (following Filmmaker Sean Wisedale), to summit Everest in 2003.
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32-year-old Vilane is the first black African to successfully ascend Everest, taking part in an international team expedition, on May 26th. The team spent 24 hours atop Everest despite the harsh weather conditions with 80 km/hour winds and a temperature that bottomed out at minus 30 degrees Celsius.
Undaunted by a full day in Everest’s “death zone” Vilane was reported still elated by his experiences atop Everest when he touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport. He spent some time resting in Britain before returning to a hero’s welcome in South Africa