- Hlengane Mathebula completed the Comrades Marathon
- He entered the race in aid of village schoolgirls without sanitary pads
- His initiative has inspired thousands
A prominent business executive, Hlengane Mathebula, has completed the 2018 Comrades Marathon in aid of village schoolgirls who don't have access to sanitary pads.
Hlengane announced his intention in a series of tweets earlier this month, Briefly.co.za established.
He said just as he has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro four times, he would complete the gruelling 89km race "for girls without sanitary towels in my village of Magona/Mashobye/Nghomunghomu."
Hlengane is the chairman of the Black Business Executive Circle (BBEC). He ran the marathon wearing a Xibelani, a traditional skirt worn by Tsonga women.
In a tweet after completing the race, he said he thought of quitting the race but the promise to his late mother and the plight of village schoolgirls spurred him on.
Hlengane's decision to highlight the plight of rural girls won him praise and inspired thousands on social media. See some of their reactions below.
Some offered to help his initiative.
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