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Aero Club of SA 2017 Annual Awards
by Garth Calitz. Flightline Weekly. 6 November 2017

Above: Daniel Ralefeta receiving the Silver Wings Award from Jeff Earle (Chairman of the Aero Club) at the Aero Club of South Africa's 2017 Annual Awards dinner. Photo: Cheryl Smit.  

Daniel Ralefeta, WOA Exective team member and Chairman of the Aero Club of South Africa Transformation and Development division was honoured with the Aero Club's Silver Wings Award at this year's annual awards dinner hosted at Zwartkops Air Force Base

Daniel is an IT specialist and trainer, but most importantly, an enthusiastic aviator, is highly commended in the South African government ICT strategic development for political bearers and civil servants alike. His IT skills are utilised by the State Information Technology Agency’s (SITA) key projects to ensure maximum input into the uplifting of ICT skills for previously disadvantaged communities. He oversees the development of aviation enthusiasts through model flying, glider pilot training and the achievement of a private pilot license. It is his overwhelming and insatiable enthusiasm for fellow aviators, and creating new ones, that he was awarded the Silver Wings Award. Don Schenk, founder of Wonders of Aviation, was a VIP guest at the awards dinner. 

Read an article on the Flightline Weekly website by Garth Calitz and another on Pilot's Post by Willie Bodenstein. 

Aero Club of SA 2016 Annual Awards
by Willie Bodenstein. Pilot's Post. November 2016

The Aero Club of South Africa wears several hats. One is to the custodian of aviation sport in South Africa, the second is as the representational body at various forums and committees to protect the interest of sport aviation in South Africa, and the final one is to grow the membership and enable transformation and development in aviation sport.

On Saturday 5 November the Aero Club of South Africa, which actively protects, promotes and preserve all forms of sport and recreational aviation in South Africa, held its annual awards ceremony at Hangar 5 at AFB Zwartkop. 

Doctor Mike Brown, Chairman of Chapter 322 of the Experimental Aircraft Association of South Africa, whose dry wit and perfect command of the English language did was the Master of Ceremonies. 


Above: Daniel Ralefeta (left) receiving an award for his Youth Development work from Jeff Earle (Chairman of the Aero Club) at the Aero Club of South Africa's 2016 Annual Awards dinner. Donald Schenk (above center), founder of Wonders of Aviation (WOA) SA and USA introduces WOA to the attendees, and Dy Moonsammy (above right), Wonders of Aviation SA Chairperson addressing the gathering. Photos: Garth Calitz.  

Daniel Ralefeta received an award for his Youth Development work. He is the driving force behind the Aero Club's greatest responsibility: the introduction of South Africa's youth, mainly previously disadvantaged, to the wonders of aviation. This he does with a team of great helpers who have introduced 4,350 young enthusiasts to aviation, 21 of whom are now trainees or fully qualified pilots. Daniel introduced Wonders of Aviation as one of the ways forward for youth development.

Donald Schenk spoke at the Annual Awards where he introduced his brain child Wonders of Aviation (WOA) NPC no.: 20201607342408. WOA is a South African non-profit organisation that uses the magic of flight to inspire and educate previously disadvantaged youth about the aviation industry, and to engender a lifelong love of learning. Wonders of Aviation supports the aviation industry's outreach programs that encourage learners to consider a career in aviation, while focusing the majority of its effort on individuals who they hope will become mentors and future aviation industry leaders.

Dy Moonsammy is the Chairperson of Wonders of Aviation, and is the Senior Manager of Learning and Development at Comair Limited, also addressed the gathering. Dy is responsible for the management of Comair’s Cadet Pilot Programme, learnerships, and graduate programmes, as well as oversight of a Learning Academy that serves indigent learners. Dy is the Vice-President of the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO), a UN-ICAO mandated initiative responsible for the standardising and harmonising of training material for all African aviation training organisations; and is also a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Above left: Natalie Kyd. Above right (from left to right): Jeff Earle, Elijah Rakoma, Bhekfa Masango, Daniel Ralefeta, Natalie Kyd, Gift Kgadima, Phemelo Kgwale, Thabang Rakoma and Joseph Lebitsa. Photos: Garth Calitz.

Natalie Kyd also addressed the event, she is involved in career awareness programs such as SiVulindlela, Joint Aviation Awareness Program, and Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace (SAWIA), where they go around the country promoting careers offered within the aviation industry. Natalie started her apprenticeship at South African Airways in June 1998 and qualified as an Aircraft Electrician in June 2000. She became the first female aircraft electrician at South African Airways Technical. 

Read the full article in Pilot's Post.