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Rejected Flight Attendant Starts Africa’s First Black Female-Owned Aviation Company

SRS Aviation emerged from one woman’s rejection from a flight attendant position to Africa’s only black women-owned aviation service.

Meet pioneer Sibongile Sambo, founder of SRS Aviation Ltd., Africa’s first and only black female-owned and operated airborne services business.

Sambo hoped to be a flight attendant with South African Airways, but her stature failed to meet the airline’s minimum height requirement, according to a report by CNN. Instead, Sambo sold her car and used her mother’s pension to set up SRS.

SRS personalizes flight options to destinations around the world with services ranging from VIP, tourist or cargo charters, game count and capture services, and helicopter flights. The company also oversees a ground-handling services equipment business which leases, maintains and sells aircraft and related items.

“It could be a tourist charter for $1,000 or could be a head of state traveling on a VIP aircraft to the United States, which could be about $200,000,” Sambo told CNN. “What I’m proud of about our company is that we have managed to penetrate the male dominated industry.

“Aviation is growing in Africa. We are going to grow with the growth in Africa.”

[Photo: Lioness of Africa]

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