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Deshun Deysel

DESHUN DEYSEL IS BEST KNOWN as a member of the first and second South African Everest Expeditions. Although controversy and tragedy surrounded the first expedition in 1996, Deshun became a role model for what can be achieved if you are committed to your goals.

A dynamic speaker, Deshun has addressed audiences in South Africa, other parts of Africa and in the United States.

Deshun was a recipient of the prestigious FOYSA, Four Outstanding Young South Africans, award in 1997. She also received recognition as an “Outstanding Woman” in 1996 by the ANC’s Woman’s League.

In June 2003 Deshun made her second attempt to summit Mt. Everest. Unfortunately, due to dangerous climbing conditions, the onset of hazardous weather and poor visibility, the team had to make the difficult decision, only 400 metres from the summit, to turn back to the safety of base camp.

While Deshun has not yet reached the top of Mt. Everest, she bettered her first attempt by 1700m – by climbing to 8200m! A feat that only a handful of people from Africa can claim.

On 7 August 2007 Deshun summitted Mount Elbrus in Russia - the first mountain in her 7 Summits program!

What our clients say ...

"Thank you for the informative, vibrant, interesting and motivating talk. You captivated the audience, and the discussion on your talk went on for the whole weekend."
Guy Hancock, General Manager: Imports, Safcor Panalpina

“Very interesting and captivating. The Everest slides are excellent! Our audience was enthralled and amazed.” Debbie Brewitt, Account Executive, Corporate Communications Consultants

“Breath of fresh air! Warm, soulful – a real message that had heart.” Greg Reed, Creative Director, Idea Lab

“A triumph of the human spirit, Deshun’s presentation was anecdotal and very well presented. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.” Stuart Hughes, Group Secretary, Chemical Services Limited

“Deshun’s presentation was phenomenal. She emphasized the significance of perseverance and resilience and was a source of inspiration.” Isaac Matji, HR Manager, Sasol Wax

“Deshun was absolutely stunning, motivational and professional! We are still talking about it!” Nicoleen Pienaar, HR Officer, Financial Services Board

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