- 42-year-old Sibongile Sambo started SRS Aviation after her application to work with South African Airways was turned down
- She was rejected by the national airline because she did not meet the minimum height requirement of the airline
- She then decided to start her own airline which she funded with proceeds from her sold car and her mother's retirement benefits
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The idea to start an airline hit 42-year-old Sibongile Sambo after she was rejected by the South African Airways.
YEN.com.gh understands that Sambo applied for a job with the airline but was turned down because she did not meet their minimum height requirements.
She therefore started her own aviation company, SRS Aviation, and has led it to become the only Black woman-owned and operated aviation company in Africa.
Per a report by blackbusiness.com, she won a contract for cargo transport issued by the South African government and formed a partnership with MCC Aviation, a South African-based fixed & rotor wing charter operator.
She then sold her car and cashed out her mother’s pension to help her obtain an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Despite the challenges, she was able to raise the needed capital and get her business off the ground.
Information available shows that Sambo's company offers its clients professional and personalized flight options to destinations in Africa and around the world.
Their services include VIP charters, tourist charters, cargo charters, game count & capture, and helicopter services. Her customers pay between $1,000 USD to $200,000 USD per flight.
Meanwhile, a video of what appears to be a traditional ceremony in Ghana has caused a stir online.
In the video, which was shared by TV3 Ghana, a group of women, who identify themselves as Secret Billions, are seen gathered at a place.
A woman wearing traditional clothes is also seen standing at the centre of the circle created by the group.
She begins a series of body gestures and as the people cheer her on she smiles and continues with her antics.
A woman hidden from the view of the camera then says, “Secret billions, we never surrender; secret billions, thousand years no puncture.”
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