1st Black African woman to summit Everest & ski to the South Pole | Transformational Coach | Executive Coach | International Speaker| Philanthropist – Saray is an award winning Mountaineer, a Guinness World Record holder who provides world-class Transformational Coaching to entrepreneurs, executives, business professionals, and sales teams all over the world. As an experienced business executive, she has a solid track record in some of South Africa’s leading financial institutions as an eCommerce and Loyalty Specialist. This channel will bring you experiences and life journeys across the globe, along with events, live shows and much more. Heart to Heart conversations – Real life struggle, success and true stories. Saray introduces her audience to well-known celebrities, authors, famous athletes, mountaineers, TV reality show stars, movie stars, musicians, Olympic athletes, psychologists, psychiatrists, distinguished educators, and many more. Come join us, and grow with us.

Saray Khumalo – 1st black African woman to summit Everest, International speaker, Executive & Transformational coach

Saray is the first black African woman to ski to the South Pole and summit Mt Everest 66 years after the mountain was first summited in 1953. Saray is an award-winning mountaineer and a business executive with over 18 years’ experience in industry leading blue-chip companies which drive innovation and change both locally and internationally. Through mountaineering , she has raised over R1.5 million towards literacy and education in Africa. As a Mandela Libraries ambassador and a social entrepreneur Saray continues to push boundaries both professionally and in mountaineering.

The Resilience in us with Marlette De Jager

Marlette De Jager also knows as “Molly” is a professional speaker, with a passion for inspiring people about living with resilience and fearlessly achieving goals. She has dedicated the past decade to climbing the 7 summits- the highest mountain on each continent. Molly and her team survived earthquakes and avalanches at the Everest base camp while climbing the World’s Highest Mountain. Listen to this meaningful conversation

The playbook of endurance with Sibusiso Vilane

Sibusiso Vilane is a South African adventurer and motivational speaker and author of the book To the Top from Nowhere. An adventurer, marathon runner and mountaineer, and expedition leader, he has also served as the Chief Scout of Scouts South Africa. In March 2003, Vilane set off for the Himalayas again in his quest to be the first Black African to summit earth’s highest mountain, Everest. He submitted successfully on 26 May 2003 from the South Side. Vilane has completed all Seven Summits. In late 2007 Vilane and fellow mountaineer, Alex Harris, embarked on an unsupported and unassisted trek to reach the South Pole which, when they completed the expedition on 17 January 2008, made Vilane and Harris the first South Africans to walk to the South Pole and Vilane the black person to do so

For the Age of Ideas with Lianne Williams

Lianne Williams is the Head of Marketing at Vumatel. She also has 16 years of overall experience in the financial services industry with significant experience in Loyalty and Rewards.

The theme of the episode is For the Age of Ideas. The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.

Born to Run with Anyika Onuora

Anyika Onuora is a former sprint track and field athlete who competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters, and also the 4×100 meters relay and 4×400 meters relay.

In the 4 x 400 meters relay, Anyika won a World Championship bronze medal in 2015, while in 2016 an individual bronze in the 400 meters, and relay gold in the 4 x 400 meters relay at the European Championships were followed by an Olympic bronze medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay.

This episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.


When Life is an adventure with Lee Den Hond

This week on the Because It’s There Podcast, Saray Khumalo will be chatting to Lee Den Hond about her journey, insights, and what happens when you say, YES!

Lee is one of two South African Everest summiteers who opened her doors to Saray and gave her the guidance that She needed. She certainly is one of those amazing women that stand on the summit holding the ladders for us all to join in the fun!

Check out the complete episode and learn the true definition of resilience. The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.

Managing an executive transition with Folake Adeniyi Adeleye

Folake Adeniyi Adeleye is an accomplished Int’l HR Leader & Business Partner with 23 years of success designing and leading critical transformation initiatives in fast-paced, constantly changing matrixed environments.

The topic of discussion is Managing an executive transition.

This episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.

Dare to Dream with Remy Kloos

Remy Kloos is a mindset coach, sustainability and wellness specialist, high-altitude mountaineer, and speaker who aims to become the youngest SA to climb 7 summits.

The topic of discussion is Dare to Dream. The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.

Nontokozo Madonsela on Because It’s There Podcast

With two decades of experience, Nontokozo is currently the Group Chief Marketing Officer at Momentum Metropolitian Holdings, the 4th largest insurance group in RSA.

The theme of the episode is I am every woman. The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel


 Kholiwe Makhohliso on Because It’s There Podcast

Kholiwe is the VP & Country MD: Software AG South Africa. She boasts a wealth of experience that spans almost 25 years in a meticulously nurtured career in both the public and private sectors.

The theme of the episode is I am every woman. The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.


Sharron McPherson on Because It’s There Podcast

Sharron McPherson is a CEO with both corporate and public policy experience. As an accomplished attorney and financial services executive, she has over 25 years of experience starting, building businesses, and navigating through competitive and complex regulatory environments.

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.

Andy Hadfield on Because It’s There Podcast

Andy Hadfield is the former CEO of forgood, an Employee Engagement SaaS company. Andy has had a broad career so far, from a few disruptive startups to working with large corporates on projects that leverage digital channels to transform markets and revenue.

He firmly believes the SME sector can be unleashed through destigmatizing failure, open sharing of knowledge, and a little reduction in ego.

The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel

Nicole Fuller on Because It’s There Podcast

Nicole has competed as an elite athlete for South Africa, is a mother and a cancer survivor. She now uses her experience to support cancer patients as an oncology patient navigator.

The episode is proudly sponsored by Vumatel.

Cindy Van Wyk on Because It’s There Podcast

Cindy Van Wyk is an experienced Business Executive with 22 years of industry knowledge and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Cindy holds a master’s degree in law with a specialization in International Law. On the creative side, she is an award-winning photographer, published author, and produced film screenwriter.

She is an environmentalist, a motivational speaker, a bilateral mastectomy, breast and skin cancer survivor, a SanParks honorary ranger with a particular passion for Rhino conservation, a pastoral counselor, and a Guinness Book of World record holder.

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.

Service as a virtue with Zureida Ebrahim

This week we have Zureida Ebrahim Zureida Ebrahim is a Financial Services Executive who until recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Client Engagement Solutions at Momentum Metropolitan Holdings. She will soon be taking on a new role as the Chief Operating Officer at Old Mutual Limited. Zureida is married and a mom to a daughter who is currently at university and three teenage boys. Zureida is passionate about people and in particular, the role leaders play in growing people and building diverse, inclusive organizations. She is a strong advocate for the role women play in business. In this episode, Zureida shares knowledgeable insights on how effective service can make a difference, a viewpoint from a leader and consumer perspective

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.

Children are our wealth

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded-Jess Lair, author

This episode is special, we have Sam Mokgopha CEO of Kids Heaven. An organization with a mission to reach children in need, especially those without parental care, in providing shelter, protection, education, training, and therapy. Their encouragement results in positive inclusion for discarded, neglected and abused children. Kids Haven is dedicated to the care and protection of vulnerable children, including those with street connections, to support meaningful inclusion in society.

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.

Risky business ft. Dr. Brenda Didi-Quvane

What an inspirational life journey – Dr. Brenda Didi-Quvane. BDQ has extensive enterprise risk management and auditing experience and has worked for 18 years within the financial industry. Her career started off as an IT Auditor and Information Security Specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)and Computer Science Corporation (CSC) respectively and that’s when her knowledge and interest of risk management and information risk started.

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.

A roadrunner’s belief ft. Desmond Dunham

The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled – Ric Charlesworth This is one inspirational conversation you can’t afford to miss – Saray Khumalo with Coach Desmond Dunham. Coach Dunham is a youth sports expert with over two decades of coaching and teaching experience. He has successfully coached youth athletes and teams in cross-country, track & field, basketball, soccer, baseball, and flag football. Most notably, Coach Dunham has had one of the most prolific coaching careers in high school cross-country and track & field. He is one of the most decorated high school coaches in the country and boasts national All-Americans, national championships, and international titles from the short sprints up to the distance events, including cross-country.

The episode is sponsored by Vumatel.