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Youth encouraged to choose aviation careers

By Afikile Lugunya - Jul 2, 2018
Youth encouraged to choose aviation careers

In an attempt to encourage young people to join the aviation sector, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, in partnership with the National Department of Defence, hosted an airshow in Mthatha on Saturday.

Speaking at the show, Mandla Mandela, said that his grandfather – the late former President, Nelson Mandela, regarded Mthatha as his home and would have been proud and mesmerised by the airshow, which was hosted in “his hometown”.

“To celebrate Madiba’s legacy let us commit building a great province a country and a great Africa and a better world let us hold on to the power to dream of a better future and like these majestic birds of the sky let us hold on to the power to dream and the power to fly,” he said.

He saluted the pilots, who went an extra step to ensure that the show was a success “which is not an easy task”.

“Their hard work and effort has been demonstrated for the whole world to see and it is a reminder of the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela Rholihlahla Mandela,” Mandla described.

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, encouraged young people to consider Mathematics and Physical Science in school, so that they may form part of the 4th industrial revolution and find careers in this area that requires scarce skills.

The Premier also committed that Provincial Government will further develop the Mthatha Airport, as an economic development hub for the region.

“We want to see other airlines that come and service other parts of the province; there is no reason for us not to have flights from here [Mthatha] to East London or Port Elizabeth. For that to happen, we need to work together and that is why we have this event here today,” he said.

Massualle added that the airshow inspires children to dream while they are surrounded by the rural settings, he also thanked the minister of defence for agreeing to partner with them.

“The exposure to the aviation sector of our young people and the career possibilities available to them provided that they work hard and study the correct subject combination is in valuable,” he said.





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