Sello Hatang vowed to be a hero as he undertook to climb Mount Kiliminjaro in Tanzania for the next five years.
But his 10-year-old son, Retshegofaditswe "Tshego" Hatang, who stole his thunder. Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, says it was his proudest moment when Tshego reached the Uhuru peak - the highest point of the 6000m climb. The climb was on August 5th
An excited Tshego says that after the climb he has learnt that nothing comes easy.
"Although the conditions were not ideal. I was very cold - I really wanted to finish. I had come so far. And one of the guides said it would take longer to go back down than it would to go up," says the grade 4 pupil.
Tshego, who attends Victory House Private school, in the west of Johannesburg, says he hopes his achievement will inspire other children to get involved in charity.
Hatang explains that even he was never brave enough to brace mountain tops until he was approached four years ago to help raise funds for girl children who didn't have access to sanitary towels. He also says in 2013, as a Tutu fellow, he undertook to keep climbing until 2019, as part of his social responsibility community project.
"I selected three schools in the North West that would benefit from the funds raised," says Hatang. But he didn't anticipate that Tshego would show an interest.