Women’s month

Celebrating women in history and those making history


First black South African female pilot. Asnath Mahapa is the very first black woman in South Africa to become a pilot. Asnath now runs her own aviation academy in Gauteng where she produces the next generation of pilots.

She is the first black female pilot trainee in South Africa.She has been in the aviation industry for more than 10 years and the first African woman to acquire an Airline Transport Pilot Licence in South Africa. She has also flown for Red Cross and World Food Programme in Central and West Africa. She also flew for SA Express before going to SAA.

At the age of 23 Asnath Mahapa, was appointed as the beneficiary of South African Airways level two cadet pilot training programme, and the recipient of the airline’s bursary scheme set aside for previously disadvantaged communities.



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