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 First black female helicopter pilot demonstrates women achievement in SANDF

By Frans Pale, Ad Astra Magazine

A 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 a media conference panel.

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.

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