Unathi Msengana’s fitness is set to be pushed to the limit when the Idols SA’s judge attempts to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, next year.
Msengana has partnered with the African Union and internet domain service dotAfrica to bring awareness to products and art created in Africa. As part of this partnership, Msengana and a small team will climb Kilimanjaro in January.
Msengana said she was excited at the challenge and had already started preparing for the trek.
“I have done the Dusi Canoe Marathon, but this is a unique challenge which requires different conditioning, she said.
“I have to prepare myself physically and psychologically for the challenge. I have already started running and doing endurance and weight training for it.
“We [Msengana and the team] will also be getting a trainer to teach us specific techniques and workouts to prepare for the climb.”
Msengana said she was determined to conquer the tallest peak in Africa because she was motivated by the desire to not let her fans down.
“I know when I am doing something for others, I have to give it my all. I hate disappointing people.
“You only live once and I am trying to live a purpose-filled life,” she said. The news comes just a week after Letshego Zulu summited Kilimanjaro in tribute to her late husband, Gugu.
Msengana said she knew Gugu and Letshego well and was inspired by Letshego’s strength.