Lebohang Lebogo will be the first drone pilot for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), delivering emergency blood to remote rural areas in the country whenever the need arises.
The Kagiso-born woman will be using the TRON Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which is a highly specialised aircraft. Speaking to Sowetan, the kasi girl said:
"I've always wanted to be a pilot but my parents could not afford to take me to aviation school"
She started at SANBS as an intern in 2008. The 29-year-old eventually went to study international travel before returning to SANBS to train as a medical technician in 2011.
The dream to become a pilot never went away and she decided to put herself through school to achieve her goals.
"Right now I have my student licence and I'm working towards getting my private licence"
She said that piloting the drone was a dream come true.
The CEO of the SANBS, said the rollout of drone technology is part of the SANBS' plan to use innovation to save lives. He said:
"SANBS is determined to improve rapid access to life-saving blood products in rural areas"
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