South Africa’s First Black Woman Pilot Seeks to Empower Young Black Girls

Asnath Mahapa, the first Black woman pilot from South Africa, is helping other women become pilots.

In 2012, Mahapa founded the African College of Aviation in order to help reach her goal of helping other women become pilots.

“For me it’s about trying to help women who aspire to become pilots,” she said. “I still see a lot of black women going through the same things that I went through at that time. They still struggle to get jobs after they qualify.”

-Asnath Mahapa

Mahapa embodies what it means to lift as you climb. We salute Mahapa for not only paving the way, but also helping other women get to where she is at.