Mission Possible completed
Vuyo Mdletshe cycled from Pretoria to Cape Town on what he called his "Mission Possible" to create hope in a complex world.
Several positive developments affected his aim of completing his journey on time. He had planned to finish his journey in 36 days - from November 1 to December 6 - but he is not complaining.
"I finished on December 14 instead," he said. "I was stopped en route by well-wishers and Good Samaritans. Most of them offered me free meals and accommodation and others cycled with me for several kilometres. Some just cheered me on."
From Pretoria he stopped in Randburg and Vanderbijlpark - where he was interviewed on Vaal University of Technology's VUT FM.
In Free State he passed Sasolburg and Koppies and was invited by Kroonstad's community leaders to talk to the youth about HIV-Aids and its dire consequences.
Mdletshe also passed Hennenman, Virginia, Theunissen, Brandfort, Bloemfontein and Petrusburg in Free State.
He then headed for Northern Cape, where he was interviewed on Kimberley's Diamond Community Radio and taken on a sightseeing tour of Galeshewe by the DJs.
In Western Cape he passed Three Sisters, Laingsburg, De Doorns, Worcester and then finally reached Cape Town.
Mdletshe is highly inspired. He had sought to motivate people, particularly the youth, to take action on increasing value in their lives. Also on how to interact with and enhance their immediate environment and South Africa, our beautiful country.
"I felt ultra safe all along this amazing trip. People told me amazing things about how they wanted to turn their lives around and to work for a better South Africa," he said.
Mdletshe, who is reading for a BCom degree at Unisa, used a video camera to capture and document his journey, so that he could study and understand the underlying issues preventing South Africans from believing, integrating and succeeding. He plans to write and speak about the whole process.
"This exercise was designed to inspire, define new possibilities, create a new platform to talk to people, especially my fellow youths, with whom we can start defining new social strategies for the South African dream.
"It was also used to raise awareness and fight stereotypes and to ignite the passion and the ability to dream big, successfully chase dreams and achieve big things in many ways," he said.