Now that we’re halfway through the year, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight 5 incredible women who’ve already slayed 2019.

Saray Khumalo

You many have heard of Saray Khumalo’s incredible accomplishment of becoming the first black African woman to conquer Mount Everest, but did you know that her summit has raised more than R100,000 in pledges to help send disadvantaged students to school? These pledges have been given to the Doctor Thandi Ndlovu Children's Foundation, who were overwhelmed by Saray’s incredible achievement.

Saray successfully conquered the legendary climb despite her previous four unsuccessful attempts, as well as the recent tragic death of her fellow climber. We’re beyond inspired both by her perseverance in completing the dangerous climb despite the very real risks involved, as well as her dedication to raise support for the education of students who otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to study.

Chelsea van Wyk

At only 25 years old, Chelsea van Wyk recently qualified as the first woman Audi Master and Diagnostic Technician in South Africa. After attending Malibu High School in Eersterivier, Cape Town, Chelsea came across an application for a mechanical internship and applied to it “on a whim”.

After her internship, she completed the intense Audi Master Technician Certification programme which included 52 days of training over four to five years. During this time she learned engine mechanics, engine management, transmission, and lots more.

Chelsea is now working at the Audi Somerset West Dealership, where her colleagues respect her positive attitude, dedication and hard work.

Justa Frans - SA’s first female tracker

We all know how important it is for us to conserve our beautiful wildlife and Justa Frans, who recently became South Africa’s first female tracker, knows this better than anyone else. After matriculating in 2015, Justa completed her training in nature and culture site. In 2018, she graduated from the S.A.C.T Tracker Academy in Samara.

This year, she received her Level 3 tracking qualification with a final mark of over 90%. This made her the first South African female to receive the tracker title. Tracking is an important traditional skill which has been preserved over the years. Trackers are valuable for wildlife protection, environmental restoration, animal monitoring and more.

Laura Morrison - travelled from Scotland to South Africa for Cancer Research

At the beginning of 2019, Laura Morrison from New Zealand {travelled over 20,000 km from Scotland to South Africa](https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/morris-minor-roadtrip-cancer/) in a Morris Minor car to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Laura felt inspired to take on the long and unpredictable journey after her father passed away from cancer two years ago. Driving from Scotland to Cape Town in his 1958 Morris Minor was his dream, and since Laura was left with his bright blue car after his passing, she decided to do the trip in honour of her beloved dad.  

Laura funded this trip on her own, and all of the $32 000 she raised has gone to helping the Cancer Society with their research. Way to go, Laura!

Stacey Fru 12-year-old Johannesburg author 

When you’re passionate about what you do, you shouldn’t let your age hold you back. We wouldn’t be surprised if 12-year-old Stacey Fru has been told she’s “too young” to pursue her dreams of becoming an author before, but that doesn’t matter because she’s doing what she loves anyway, and she’s thriving in 2019 because of it.

Stacey recently accepted an award from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the 2019 World Youth Forum’s Arab and African Youth Platform. She was the youngest participant to be honoured this year, and represented South Africa well on the international stage. Stacey isn’t about to slow her roll either - she’s looking forward to publishing two books this year.

There’s still plenty of time to be just like these phenomenal women and do awesome things in 2019. When you do, don’t forget to share your inspiring success stories with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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