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Friday, October 19, 2012


Appearing in the Mondays @ Six programme, currently taking place at the Alliance Française de Durban, will be Delia Ballantyne who scaled Africa’s highest mountain at the age of 68 when she was affectionately called the “Gogo” of the group.

The trip was a Mother’s Day gift from her daughter Lisa Marshall, 34, who lives in Sydney, Australia. Delia said that while she did not know what to expect from such a trip, she took the offer up. Her many years of aerobics, weight training, body conditioning training and 20km weekend walks kept her in good health and prepared her for the week-long hike up the 5,895m mountain.

The group of four South Africans and ten Australians set off in June, first climbed Mount Meru, which stands about 1,300m lower than Mount Kilimanjaro, to acclimatise to the low oxygen levels at such high altitude. They then tackled Kilimanjaro, the dormant volcano in the Kilimanjaro National Park, in Tanzania, using the Shira route to ascend.

Delia Ballantyne will share her adventure, with slides on October 22 at 18h00. Table bookings on 031 368 2022 and leave a message.

Alliance Française de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent (off Windermere Road) in Morningside. For more information contact 031 312 9582 or fax 031 312 2864 or email: