Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA), will fly nine lucky young winners – one from each province – who won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an all-expenses paid-for trip to Brazil where they will attend a World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria on 16 June 2014 – which coincides with Youth Day in South Africa. To be young and (born) freeFocused primarily (but not exclusively) on the youth born from/in or after 1994, the ‘born-frees’ winners were selected from a radio competition on Metro FM where they had to leave a creative and interesting message in the format of a pilot’s in-flight welcome announcement, and motivating why they deserve a seat on the Freedom Flyers flight to Brazil.20 years of democracySAA spokesperson, Mr Tlali Tlali said the initiative is in line with South Africa’s 20 years of democracy and SAA’s 80th anniversary. Before 1994, the youth played a pivotal role in changing the history of South Africa, and today we are part of the global community. This trip will give the lucky winners a glimpse of what democracy has heralded: Taking Africa to the world. It is for this reason that they are referred to as Freedom Flyers. Ambassadors of democracyThe youth is going out there as ambassadors of democracy and it is believed the trip will contribute towards their dynamism as future leaders who will become the voices of change, contribute towards the betterment of their communities, and share their experiences from what they learned in Brazil. Speaking at the send-off event held in Kempton Park, Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula said that it is not a moment of adventure but it is exposure to the world to help these Freedom Flyers have a broader perspective on life. The team departed Thursday, 12 June (at 23h20) and will return on 18 June 2014. The lucky winners who are travelling to Brazil are: Winnie Skhosana (Gauteng); Matshediso Mohono (Limpopo); Ayanda Manoka (Mpumalanga); Njabulo Shange (Kwa-Zulu Natal); Buyelwa Xundu (Western Cape); Zandisile Nimbama (Eastern Cape); Ursula Moalahi (Northern Cape); Phemelo Pooe (North West); and Lebogang Mosime (Free State). Other sponsors include Mango, SA Express and Airlink, who flew the winners from their respective provinces to Johannesburg where they will depart for Brazil. The competition was also made possible by Trade Mark and Metro FM.