First black female helicopter pilot
demonstrates women achievement in SANDF
By Frans Pale, Ad Astra
nineteen year old woman pilot from Thaba Nchu near
Bloemfontein will demonstrate her skills in front of
dignitaries which includes the Deputy Minister of Defence at
the opening of the National Conference on Women in Defence
at the St George’s Hotel in Centurion today (15 August
2007). Lt Phetogo Molawa is the first black woman helicopter
pilot in the SA Air Force and the SA National Defence Force.
Lt Molawa, who has already flown 327 hours, will land her
helicopter at the National Conference on Women in Defence.
She will then be met by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr
Mluleki George and the Chief Director Transformation
Management in the SANDF, Maj Gen Ntsiki Motumi. Lt Molawa
will also appear at a media conference where she will form part of
In an interview with AD ASTRA magazine on the eve of her great day,
Lt Phetogo Molawa said she was happily looking forward to fly her
helicopter to highlight the achievements of women in the
South African National Defence Force. “I am very excited to
be an example of what women can achieve in the SANDF. My
achievement in attaining my helicopter license belongs to
all women in South Africa,” she said.