MY STORY - GFPA FOUNDATION KELEBOGILE MAGOAI

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My name is Kelebogile Magoai, from Pretoria. I am currently an apprentice at the South African Airways Technical.

I attended the GFPA camp in 2013 (was in grade 12). All I knew about aviation was planes, pilot and cabin crew but there is much more to it, looking from the technical aspects. My passion for aviation started when I first attended the airshow at Waterkloof Base in 2011 and ever since I have been researching about the industry and attending airshows. When I told my mother that I want to be a pilot, she was not interested in hearing me out. All she said was it's expensive and I should focus on my second choice of career. So I went to college and completed my Nated diploma in mechanical engineering.

One day I was listening to an interview of Ernest Kekana, I followed him on social media and asked for information on how one can become a pilot and he referred me to the Sawia page to check for bursaries and more information about careers within the aviation industry. Well that's where I found out about the GFPA camp.

The camp really changed my life and the way I look at life in general. When I arrived at the camp, I was so excited, ready to learn and grasp as much information as possible about careers in aviation. I was really amazed to see women in different professions within the industry and I told myself that I wanna be like them. I had no idea then, how the GFPA camp impacted my life and how it still does to this day.

Not only did the camp leave me with an understanding of what I wanted to do with my career, it gave me sisterhood, friends and mentors. I went home with hope that one day I will be among these women in aviation and now I am soon to be an aircraft structural technician, furthering my knowledge by studying and learning about aircraft within the South Africa Airways Technical, as you know that aviation is an evolving industry. I am forever grateful that opportunity. Pink skies.