WOA SA depends on supporting organisations to provide awards, rewards, mentors, role models, and educational material.
Wonders of Aviation's objectives are to:
- Help South Africa’s previously disadvantaged youth who demonstrate a love and enthusiasm for aviation to pursue a career in aviation.
- Mentors and role models are available to provide support and encouragement to these youth.
- Support South Africa’s aviation companies and industry associations with their outreach programmes for previously disadvantaged youth.
- Provide a forum for sharing educational and training ideas.
- Create a community of aviation volunteers.
Wonders of Aviation is a wonderful initiative aimed at creating awareness of aviation amongst the previously disadvantaged youth of South Africa, and developing them to become a part of the industry.
2018 Award Winners / Our accomplishments are our people
Tumi's awards include: Most Dedicated Student of the Year 2014 with Loutzavia Flight School, Rand Airport; and named Most Aspiring Pilot of 2015 by Matthew C. Martino, aviation guru and philanthropist. She is a motivational speaker and inspiration to many. In 2014, she featured on YFM Radio talk show with Mo Flava; on Eldos FM Radio talk show; and again with Mo Flava on Metro FM Radio talk show. In 2015, she was profiled in the Sunday World Newspaper.
Tumi is one of the founders of Aviation Development in Africa (ADA), an NGO established in 2015 with 10 members. ADA have set up the Young Aviators Fund to raise finance for previously disadvantaged aspiring pilots.
Visit our 2018 Award Winners page for more inspirational Award winners.
What does it take to chase your dream against the odds? Boitumelo Katisi (‘Tumi to her friends!) is an inspirational 23 year old South African who has fought against the odds to achieve her dream of becoming a pilot. It is highly unusual to see women pilots in Africa and as it stands today she is one of only 2% of black women pilots in South Africa, out of an incredible17 000 pilots...full article here.
WOA news. October 2018
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) will hold its 48th AGA from 11 to 14 October 2018, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia. The theme of the AGA is Enabling African Airline Service Excellence. AASA is sponsoring the attendance of Gift Kgadima (WOA General Secretary), Keanu Schubert (WOA Mentor) and Mahlatsi Hlongwane (WOA Mentor) to the 3-day annual event. Comair Limited is sponsoring their flights.
In August, WOA gratefully received a US$7,400 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT) to develop a Student LinkedIn Resumes database of future aviators.
The grant is the result of Donald Schenk, Vees Lohan and Judith Driver’s joint efforts. The WOA team is determined to transform WOA from an institution having a significant impact on a few very high potential learners into an organisation that also helps the thousands of learners who visit all the outreach programmes our sponsors and investors support each year.
SABC Education Shows. Flighted May 2018
iSpani is a reality documentary that takes viewers into the world of work. Each week a candidate tries his or her hand at a chosen career. iSpani takes the viewer into environments offering candidates positions at entry level, creating awareness of the academic, personal and training requirements in the specific field.
This iSpani documentary followed Gift Kgadima, aerobatic pilot and Wonders of Aviation Secretary General.
By Brian Clark Howard for National Geographic, 1 November 2016
During an early morning scouting mission, Air Shepherd drone pilots Tom Lautenbach and Gift Kgadima were driving in Hwange, getting a feel for the land that they have been flying their drones over for the past few weeks...
Read the full article: news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/elephant-rescued-well-zimbabwe-hwange-national-park/
Video published with permission granted by Erik Lindbergh of the Lindbergh Foundation.
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.