From the Eastern Cape Transport.gov site (South Africa): EC Transport Produces its First Female Pilot
While the nation celebrates Women’s Month, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport bursary scheme produced its first female pilot Oyama Matomela, who qualified as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating.
This comes after the 19 year old girl completed her studies and obtained her pilots license with the internationally acclaimed 43 Air school in Port Alfred.
“We salute this young woman, who worked very hard in a male dominated environment and made full use of the opportunity she was offered by the Department through our bursary scheme,” says MEC Marawu.
Matomela, who hails from Port Elizabeth, began her studies at 43 Air school in January 2010 and is fortunate enough that her qualification comes with an immediate job offer from the SAPS Air Wing.
She is the fourth student to be awarded a pilot bursary by the Department and first female to do so
“We as the Department are so proud of her and we truly believe that her achievement could serve as an inspiration to other young girls in the province,” added Marawu.