A seasoned mountaineer with a mission, Monde Sitole, adventurist, poet, and youth leader has achieved all that seems impossible. Born in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Monde Sitole's'Dare to Dream' expedition aimed at scaling all the highest peaks on every continent. He has summited some of the highest peaks in the world and Africa highest peak,Kilimanjaro more than once!
Monde Sitole was 16 when he sailed all over the globe, attending an onboard school on the SV Concordia. The sailing vessel sailed all over the globe from Cape Town to St Helena, Namibia, Fernando Island, Ascension Island, Brazil, Trinidad, Bermuda, Tobago, and London.
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Representing Africa at the Pangaea Mike Horn camp for young explorers, Sitole’s spark of exploration and his inner desire to spread hope ignited.
From Africa’s highest Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to Europe highest peak Russia’s Mount Elbrus and the highest peak in North America, Denali in Alaska, he aims to keep conquering. He plans an adventure of climbing Mt Everest next without any bottled oxygen!
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Nominations and Awards
- “One of Nine Bravest Men We Know” ,by Men’s Health magazine
- “Heart Of Gold Bravest Men We Know”, awards by Intrepid Explorer magazine
- Honorary award at City of Cape Town’s Khayelitsha Awards.
Sitole dedicates time to help youth overcome challenges that seem insurmountable. The lessons learned in world adventures and travels have become his tools to inspire hope in others, to aspire, believe and achieve.
South Africa is reaching new heights with the Monde Sitole Foundation, stepping stones for the youth of Africa to spearhead their own destinies with impact and meaning in an integrated, holistic approach in the realms of education.
Education is more than just getting a job!
The Monde Sitole Foundation focuses on youngsters in townships and remote areas in South Africa. The aim of the foundation is producing compassionate beings and high achievers. The ultimate aim is reducing school repetitions and dropouts and instilling hope for Africa’s future.
When I’m on a mountain I carry the suppressed dreams of every township kid on my backpack .
Meet CreatepreneurAfrica – Mountaineer Monde Sitole
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I always say when I’m on a mountain I carry the suppressed dreams of every township kid on my backpack.
My mission is firm and stern, that is to reinvigorate that latent potential in all to grab hold of their dreams no matter how big, small or absurd they might seemingly appear.
Einstein said” an object continues to move in a direction unless a force is exerted.
“ I am that force”
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
Growing up I’ve always been precocious. My first question is what sparked everything: “Do blind people dream in pictures? ‘
Next thing I knew from the age of 14, I was reading the likes of Carl Jung, Bertrand Russel, and George Santayana. I went from one religion to the other…questioning.
I always say one thing led to another. I’ve always dreamt Niagara Falls. The first country I visited was Canada when I sailed on SV Concordia attending class. Afloat a shipboard school where we sailed from Cape town to Bermuda island.
What I’ve discovered is that fear and doubt are actually not taboos as society status quo might like us to think , but within fear is when you find your truest version of yourself and within doubt is where you find the most potent version of the truth ….so only those who risk going far can really find out how far they can really go. Ts Eliot once said.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas.
Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth.
The Wanderlust has haled me from the Morris chairs of ease.
Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth.
How bitterly I’ve cursed it, oh, the Painted Desert knows
The wraithlike heights that hug the pallid plain,
The all-but-fluid silence, — yet the longing grows and grows
And I’ve got to glut the Wanderlust again.
I’m a wanderlust by nature. I think we all are the is no success no failure just life and what you piece together.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
That has never been my aim. Making money is a science and if you follow few laws and systems you eventually get the knack. My main mission is to develop Africa .
“Our people are not fighting for ideas but tangible things to make their lives better”- Cabral.
W.E.B Du Bois said “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes to the harvest and the playtime.”
These are pertinent words indeed.
But we cannot dwell on them unless we fully comprehend that we first need to approach our challenges with the will and imperativeness they so desire, or else we will always fall short wishing on shooting stars and building sand castles.
This is primarily aimed at power, it is urgent that leaders fast realize power is, in fact, a noble privilege, to serve, to lead and be led. A mutual enabler and equalizer much like a hammer in that you can either destroy with it or build a new era altogether.
Unless we invest in education, free quality education that is, founded on people, innovative, empowering and engaging.
Unless that time we cannot speak. When we talk about education we not simply talking about you getting a job and living it out in a posh life, but we marginally talking about advancement of Africa, decreasing the brain drain and skills development, capacity building, a nation that is self-sufficient, functioning, independent, can partake, innovate and adapt to increasingly globalised world.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
For keynote, I did for Ackerman’s end of the year Gala event when I was 15 years and same week I did another talk as Cipla Ambassador when Cipla was facing troubles I was one of strategist that came to share few insights.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
The is a wish then the is an intent until you transform that wish into an intent you can never fully live your dream. Your purpose.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? You can hate me, you can love me, but you can’t ignore me.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
The impossible exists because we don’t strive to make it possible
Venture into the world of magnificence. #ExploremotherlandAfrica