- 5 young black pilots are living their dreams
- They want greater transformation in the aviation industry
- To help achieve this, they formed the Young African Aviators
Five young black pilots are living their dreams in the aviation industry and want to contribute towards its transformation.
Led by 24-year-old Tsepo Seakhoa from the Free State, the young talents formed the Young African Aviators, Briefly.co.za learned.
The organisation seeks to inspire more black youths to join the aviation industry. It's driven by perceptions that the industry is a reserve of white males.
The group is also seeking funding to establish a 100 percent black-owned charter company to provide greater opportunities for the youth.
Besides Tsepo, other members of the group include Kopano Mafoko, David Matonya, Takatso Mokgatsane, and Letladi Mosena.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, Tsepo explained their mission:
We reach out to schools, seminars and disadvantaged rural areas to brief and educate young and old of the various sectors in aviation.
He added that they receive ongoing sponsorship from the South African Civil Aviation Authority, which provides a plane for their travels to rural areas.
20-year-old Letladi said she's keen to see more women pursuing their dreams to fly.
She also wants to change certain practices in the industry, such as unpaid maternity leave and women not being allowed to breastfeed in the cockpit.
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