Entrepreneurship

Woman Rejected by Airline Decided to Start her Own Airline

Sibongile Sambo, a South African woman is the first woman to own an airline in all of Africa. Her SRS Aviation is in fact the only female-owned aviation company in Africa. The establishment of the company was inspired by her misfortune in the aviation industry.

Sambo initially aspired to become a flight attendant. However, South African Airways denied her a flight attendant position claiming she did not meet the minimum height requirement. Not one to give up easily, Sambo set her sights even higher. She decided to open up her own aviation company. To facilitate the move, she sold her car and cashed out her mom’s pension to help her obtain an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). That’s how SRS was born. The company partnered with MCC Aviation, a well-known Aviation company to help achieve her objectives. SRS Aviation offers professional and personalized flight options to different destinations around the world.

Sambo looks to transfer her experiences to motivate other South African women to achieve their aspirations. As such she is involved in many projects aimed at promoting South African Women.



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