The Executive Committee met on three occasions during the current year to review and discuss activities and plan for the future. The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for 27 October 2018 - an awards event is also planned for the same day.
WOA has been invited to participate in the AeSSA Conference to be held in Cape Town from the 23rd to 25th October 2018.
WOA will also attend the Brits Aviation Day planned for November 2018.
The following WOA Educational Awards have been completed to-date:
- Leadership Skills training.
- National Aerospace Centre (NAC)/Wits University Programme.
- Embraer tour of a new training facility in conjunction with Airlink.
WOA Award Winner achievements in 2018 include the following:
- Buhle Dlodlo – hired by Hensoldt, a multinational aerospace company based in Munich. Accepted into a Masters Programme in Aeronautical Engineering at Wits University (with a scholarship).
- Gift Kgadima – passed 5 subjects towards his Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL), and his Glider Pilot’s License has been renewed.
- Orifha Mbedzi – received a scholarship from Accenture to study Information Technology.
- Mahlatsi Mokonyane – selected to participate in a South African Air Force (SAAF) programme in Cuba.
- Frans Monakisi – published his second book of poetry, is studying Biomedical Science, and founded an aviation-inspired clothing brand called Runway 21.
- Elijah Rakoma – studying Mechanical Engineering.
WOA has participated in the following events and celebrations:
- Rhodesfield Technical High School Youth Month celebrations with South African Airways (SAA).
- Wind Tunnel Tour experience hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
- Soweto Careers Day.
- TETA Exhibition.
- African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference.
- Embraer’s promotional tour of the latest RJ aircraft.
- Attendance of WOA team at the 48th Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly in Livingstone, Zambia.
WOA, a group of enthusiastic volunteers, will continue to make strides in promoting its objective of advancing aviation to the disadvantaged youth, thereby creating future aviators for the betterment of the industry. We appeal to all organisations to support the activities of WOA by way of contributions, be it financial or in kind.
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.
On Wednesday, 28 March, winners and learners from Rhodesfield Technical High School were treated to a tour at the National Aerospace Centre facilities. The enthuisiastic youngsters were also given a tour of the new Embraer Training Centre facilities. Not only were the tours fun but it was educational too!