AMD acknowledges women interest in the aviation sector

 The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association (AMD) is happy with the levels of interest amongst South African women and girls who want to take up careers in the aviation sector, Chairperson Florence Musengi said recenly.

"Today we were graced with the presence of our Minister of Defense, Honorable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - who launched the South African Women in Defense Association, where all women in defense have to come together to assist one another," said Musengi.

She was speaking to the African News Agency at the ongoing Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD2018). 

"Women can assist one another in terms of skills development and the acquisition of skills and technology.

"The good thing about the launch that we did today is to uplift women in the defense industry, both in private sector, in government and also [women] in uniform."

Numerous learners have been touring the AAD2018 in the capital Pretoria, and Musengi said there has been notable interest from female pupils - but they need to pass mathematics and science.

"In the aerospace industry, we are encouraging the young women to take maths and science seriously so that they can join after finishing university. They can join the aviation industry, defense and aerospace. There is no limitation," she said.

"We are encouraging young women.  What we will do as SAWID is to make sure that we mentor young women, we technically coach them, tell them all the skills that they need to prepare for themselves [to] join the industry."