Over here at Keepin It Steezy, we have dedicated Wednesday to all the female ladies out there changing the game. It is always an honour to be able to celebrate the successes of all the daughters of the rich African soil and today we have someone who has had her fair amount of success in her passion for aviation.
Sizakele Petunia Mzimela, or Siza Mzimela, is credited as the first black woman to start an airline. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fly Blue Crane – a start-up airline which launched on 1 September 2015. Ever since the initial launch of this start-up airline, they have domestically flew to destinations such as Nelspruit(terminated), Kimberley, Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Ever since the seizure of operations due to internal affairs, the airline has terminated all flights and have been working on their come back approach.
Mzimela joined the national airline South African Airways (SAA) in January 1996 as a research analyst. She then went on to work as Head of Global Sales and Voyager Programme and Chief Executive Officer and went up the corporate ladder of South African airways from 2010 to 2012 for a period of 2 years. During her tenure with SAA she did very well and managed to introduce new routes. She has also served as the first female member of the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association , based in Miami, Florida, USA. In 2011, she was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful women, a feat she has pioneered and may have set the way for African women.
Fly Blue Crane was launched on 1 September 2015 by Mzimela and two ex-SAA colleagues, Jerome Simelane and Theunis Potgieter. One year later, it has grown to employ over 100 people. Mzimela’s Blue Crane airline offers affordable rates for flying compared to other local airlines. Flying with Fly Blue crane is an amazing luxury experience according to passengers who have boarded the airline. Mzimela said at the launch of Fly Blue Crane that she hopes to expand the airline to include routes to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Inspiring young children, it is businesswomen like Mzimela and many others that are a shining light of hope to poor school kids that in spite of all life difficulties you can reach for the stars.
Keepin It Steezy will forever be greatful to have had the honour to celebrate pioneers like Mrs Mzimela and we hope our future generations will be able to look at your life and be inspired to go out and achieve their life goals. The future is for those that prepare for it in the present and we are encouraging all the young kids to set their goals smart and one day reach heights unimaginable.
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