All her life Sibongile Sambo dreamed of being a flight attendant. Admission standards seemed to be within reach. However, against all odds, his admission was refused. A broken dream. But, not for long, because, small cause, big effects.
This refusal gave him the motivation to found his own airline: SRS Aviation. The company that takes you to new heights. The only African air carrier headed by a woman.
When she learned that she couldn’t be a stewardess, she didn’t take the time to lament. She decided to start her own business. To do this, she sold her car and her mother helped her by offering to use her retirement pension. Time to start your new activity. The charcoal burner’s faith, no doubt. But his hopes were rewarded.
The South African government issued its license to operate in 2004. The beginnings were difficult. But Sibongile is obstinate.
It now operates in partnership with MCC Aviation, which opens the door to the use of their air fleet and the various ground services operated by its partner.
His airline specializes mainly in business flights. But not only, because it operates cargo flights, helicopter transport and even flights for counting animals in animal reserves. Original niche transport in the world of African air transport.
Maybe another way of looking at it?
Today, Sibongile Sambo operates air charters worldwide. From the $ 1,000 theft for tourists visiting South Africa to the $ 200,000 theft in the United States or Germany for VIPs.
It shattered the monopoly of an industry which, before entering the market, was exclusively dominated by men.
However, her speech was not motivated by any desire for revenge, no pretext for feminist militancy. She is simply a fighter, a professional. And that is more than enough for him.
Since then, she has helped three women become pilots. She plans to do even better. Inspired by Ethiopian Airlines which now operates with entirely female crews. It aims to become the first South African airline to fly with crews made up exclusively of women. For her, more than a challenge or a motivation. A passion.
Her ambition is clearly expressed. She wants to extend the services of her company throughout Africa. She knows that Africa will grow economically. She wants to grow up with Africa.
A striking example of the ingenuity and strong motivation of African women.
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