As South Africans, in July, we commemorate Mandela Month and embrace the opportunity to celebrate the life, the legend and the works of former President Nelson Mandela. The world joins us on 18th July for Mandela Day to remember the giant that taught us that we should recognise our individual power to make an imprint and change the world around us.
President Mandela reminds us that a global movement for change begins with small actions. He has passed the baton of leadership to each one of us, and it is now in our hands to make a positive difference. The message behind Mandela Day is that everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. We should all heed his call to do something good every day – each one of us can live his legacy, and help create the South Africa, Africa and the world of our dreams.
This month, as we celebrate this lawyer, activist, freedom fighter, statesman and champion of reconciliation, let us all contribute to the social and economic security of Africans, by living the values of our Constitution. We are privileged to live in a country that provides for the rights of all people who live in it and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom for all! One of our key tenets at SA Express, as a strategic asset of the South African Government, is to be a talent pipeline for the aviation industry in this country. To achieve success we need to encourage the youth to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and as such the airline’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives are dedicated to this cause.
On 14th June 2019, SA Express invited 20 Grade 9 learners, mainly girls, to experience aviation in action on the SAA flight simulators. The learners and educators from Tembisa’s Phomolong Secondary School were able to experience flying in SAA’s flight simulators for the Airbus A340-600 and the Boeing B737800, briefed by a qualified Flight Engineer. They had the option to choose the route – airport to airport or circuits to fly to. On the Boeing B737-800, a future pilot was identified, Nthando Thekiso, who took to the controls like a professional – and we look forward to seeing him taking to the skies in the future! My team and I were able to familiarise the students with the inner workings of an airline, from pilots, technicians, ground crew and cabin crew to corporate support staff of the airline. This was in commemoration of Youth Day to pay homage to fallen and past heroes who made it possible for previously disadvantaged people to pursue careers in aviation. On 1st July, we join Botswana in remembering the birthday of Sir Seretse Khama, on a day now called President’s Day. Botswana is an important route for the airline and we continue to investigate opportunities to best serve the market.
SA Express aims to introduce a Cape Town-Gaborone route before the end of the year, if the current projections continue unabated. Until then, our passengers can fly from O.R. Tambo International to Gaborone seven days a week! Pula! A ene! To us at SA Express, you, our passengers, are giants on whose shoulders we stand and we’d like to hear about your experiences with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you safe travels.