Female pilot flying high

2003-02-13 18:32

Johannesburg - South African Airways' first black female pilot trainee has been nominated for this year's Shoprite Checkers/SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award, SAA said on Thursday.

Asnath Mahapa is 23. Her nomination follows the organisers' decision this year to include a new category - science and technology - in order to pay tribute to women who have made a contribution in this field.

"It feels great to be one of the nominees. I hope that my nomination will not only be an inspiration to most girls but actually open doors to others, particularly in professions that were previously dominated by males", said Mahapa.

SAA is the official carrier of the Shoprite Checkers/SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award, which is billed as the country's premier accolade for achievement by women and a major initiative for National Women's Day.

The award categories are: health, education, sport, community affairs, arts & culture, media & communication, business entrepreneur and science and technology.

Winners, finalists and judges will be flown by SAA from a variety of destinations to Gauteng and Cape Town, respectively, for the judging and gala events.

The closing date is Friday, May 23.

The event, at which the category winners and overall winner will be announced, takes place in Cape Town on July 31.