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  • Ledwaba doesn't let anything, even gravity, keep her down.

  • She's South Africa's first black female helicopter pilot, a feat she accomplished despite growing up in apartheid South Africa with six siblings and a single working mother.

  • So all through my childhood are so women doctors, my mother was a school principal, so it was something that when I grew up, it was sort of normal for me to see women doing all these exciting things.

  • It was while training as cabin crew that Ledwaba decided she felt more at home in the cockpit and was encouraged to train to be a pilot by her white colleagues.

  • In 2000 and five, she learned to fly helicopters at a government school outside Johannesburg, where she says she struggled with nerves and the idea that women must always sit with their legs together, something you cannot do when operating the controls.

  • But she didn't give up, and months later became the first black helicopter pilot to join the South African Police service.

  • For me, what was important is who is the second who's the third?

  • Who's the fourth who's the 100th person.

  • Then we start talking as much as I was selling our celebrated.

  • I had a responsibility to make sure that it doesn't end with me.

  • It goes on, We get to the 10th and I think for me, that's worth celebrating.

  • Now A certified flight instructor Led Robbers Foundation Girls Fly program in Africa has trained hundreds of young women in aerospace and aviation over the past decade.

  • Her mentors and volunteers like Linda Goes Wanna says she's an inspiration.

  • She's fearless.

  • Um, nothing is beyond her.

  • Nothing is beyond her power.

  • The program now operates in four African countries, and the drama has her eyes on others as she works to break the ceiling of a male dominated industry and help other women discover that the sky is the limit, Yeah.

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South African Black pilot inspires women to reach for the sky

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/10
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