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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
SA gets first black female pilot
A 21-year-old air force lieutenant has become South Africa's first black female pilot, media reports say.

Phetogo Molawa, from the central Free State Province, recently finished her pilot training for the South African National Defence Force.

"I wanted to show other young women that I can do what men can do," she told the local media at a flight show.

South Africa's deputy defence minister recently said the army would increase the number of women generals.

It is excellent fun. I do not think there is anything better
Phetogo Molawa

Mluleki George, the deputy defence minister, attended the flight show - the third Women's Conference in Defence - where Ms Molawa flew an Oryx Air Force transport helicopter.

Mr George previously said the percentage of women in the army would be increased to 30% by 2009.

At present, Ms Molawa is one of only a few female pilots.

In an interview on South Africa's national broadcaster, SABC, Ms Molawa said, "It is excellent fun. I do not think there is anything better."


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