Meet Refilwe Ledwaba, a beautiful helicopter pilot teaching young girls to fly; her video warms hearts

Meet Refilwe Ledwaba, a beautiful helicopter pilot teaching young girls to fly; her video warms hearts

- Refilwe Ledwaba is the first black South African woman to fly a helicopter

- She's now on a mission to teach young girls how to fly

- She does this through her Girl Fly Programme in Africa Foundation

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Refilwe Ledwaba, the first black woman in South Africa to fly a helicopter, is on a mission to teach young girls to fly.

She is the founder of Girl Fly Programme in Africa Foundation, Reuters reports. It's a nonprofit organisation that encourages girls to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

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The Foundation organises an annual week-long aviation camp for 14- to 18-year-old girls in Southern Africa.

In addition to learning about robotics and aviation, the teenage girls get a free-flying lesson each from Ledwaba. She explained:

Meet Refilwe Ledwaba, the helicopter pilot teaching young girls to fly
Refilwe Ledwaba, the helicopter pilot, is making the dreams of young girls come true. Photo Credit: Refilwe Ledwaba
Source: Facebook

When these girls take their first flight, it's such an exciting feeling because you can see it on their faces. You can see that nervousness but then you start seeing that excitement as well.

One of the girls who took to the skies recently is 14-year-old Paballo Leqhotsa. She was super excited and said, "It was amazing. I felt like I was in control, do you understand?"

The Limpopo-born Ledwaba said all she wants is the girls to grow into successful and confident women, even if they don't become pilots.

Ledwaba is also the founder and CEO of Women & Aviation. According to its Facebook page, it's a nonprofit organisation that:

Connects, empowers, and inspires women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with a focus on the aviation and space industry in Africa.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the video of a shoe repairer and some ladies went viral. In the clip, the young man made sonorous tunes with his box.

Posting the content on Twitter, a tweep with the handle @BrodaDerah described the shoemaker as a hitmaker.

Delighted by the tunes, a lady danced towards the man as she vibed hard to the music he was making.

Another person behind the camera, probably the one filming, served as a hype man to the entertaining show.


Rahaman Abiola is a result-oriented journalist and content writer with a firm grip of over 5-year corporate experience stranding diverse roles in digital & traditional media and social media communication.

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