Women of First Awards to celebrate SA women pioneers

Mandisa Mfeka from KZN is World's first female fighter pilot

Women who were the first in their field of work will be celebrated and honoured tonight (September 26, 2020). The third installment of the Bring Her Up: Women of First Awards will this time be held virtually due to the national lockdown protocols.

The event is organised by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, named after the South African struggle stalwart.  She was the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and the also the first woman to establish a school in South Africa. 

Among the Women of First to be honoured tonight are Zingiswa Losi, the first woman President of Cosatu and Mandisa Mfeka, the first woman to be a fighter jet pilot.  Chairperson of the Institute, Thulasizwe Makhanya says they are also trying to inspire young women and girls.

“Bring Her Up: Women of First Awards is all about preserving, celebrating and also highlighting women excellence. And we are also saying to young girls out there that the sky is the limit and nothing should stop them from achieving whatever they want to achieve and also reach their full potential”, said Makhanya.

Source: SABC